BE A PART OF THE NATIONAL PROGRAM THAT TRANSFORMS HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT RESPONDS TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE
"I was given options. I was given validation in telling my story. I said this bad thing happened to me and I was believed. For me that's justice."
- Sexual assault victim after reporting to a You Have Options Law Enforcement Agency
"This is truly compassionate police work and it's also really smart police work."
- City Councilor Pam Marsh
"I firmly believe that if every police agency in the country adopted the You Have Options Program model, sexual assault investigation AND prosecution would be radically transformed."
- Dr. David Lisak
"Not only is this just the right thing to do, it works. As an investigator you receive more accurate information and a greater opportunity to identify serial sexual predators. This program is a sex offender's worst nightmare."
- Founder and Detective Carrie Hull
"I wasn't sure in the beginning if I could go to trial but you still put in the effort and now he's in prison. I would never have worked with police without this program. Thank you for changing my mind about cops."
- Sexual assault victim after her attacker was sentenced
"If this format would have been available for my loved one, so much suffering would not have happened during the report and investigation. Helping survivors report holds the potential to save so many from this horrible crime and its aftermath."
- Community Member
ALL YOU HAVE OPTIONS LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
BELIEVE IN PROVIDING VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH AS MUCH CONTROL OVER THEIR REPORT AND ANY SUBSEQUENT CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AS THE LAW ALLOWS.
Personnel from law enforcement agencies, advocacy organizations, prosecution offices, sexual assault nurse examiners and the campus administrative process are all encouraged to attend a YHOP Introductory Session. The Introductory Session is a great way to learn in detail about the 20 Elements offered by all YHOP Participating Law Enforcement Agencies and what it means when law enforcement offers those program elements to sexual assault victims. Law enforcement personnel who attend an Introductory Session become eligible to be YHOP Administrators and YHOP Trainers for their law enforcement agency. Due to the content covered during a YHOP Introductory Session only professionals affiliated with an agency who responds to or assists victims of sexual assault are eligible to attend.
ABOUT THE YOU HAVE OPTIONS PROGRAM
The You Have Options Program focuses on changing two fundamental elements in the law enforcement response to sexual violence:
Increasing the number of victims who report to law enforcement, and thoroughly
investigating identified offenders for serial perpetration.
You Have Options Program Participating Law Enforcement Agencies recognize the need for a victim-centered and offender-focused response to sexual violence. The traditional law enforcement response to sexual violence tends to discourage sexual assault victims from seeking assistance through the criminal justice system. As a result, often law enforcement doesn't receive the information necessary to hold sexual offenders accountable, and those offenders go on to victimize additional persons.
By addressing the barriers victims face when reporting sexual assault, and thereby increasing the number of sexual assault reports, the YOU HAVE OPTIONS Program provides investigators with information they would otherwise never have received.
When a victim is given the ability to control certain aspects of a sexual assault investigation - such as who is contacted and if an arrest is made - law enforcement and the victim both benefit. Victims provide investigators with more accurate information, are more willing to identify their assailant and participate more fully in the investigative and judicial process. Victims are provided with the time they need to make a decision that is right for them, independent of the needs of the criminal justice system, and are more likely to report a positive experience with law enforcement regardless of the judicial outcome.
The You Have Options Program focuses on identifying serial sexual perpetration. Investigators move beyond traditional sexual assault investigative practices that too often rely solely on gathering information from the victim and the suspect. The program utilizes the Inquiry into Serial Sexual Assault (ISSA) to provide a clearer picture of the reported incident and the offender. A small percentage of the population commits a large number of sexual assault offenses. Utilizing the victim-centered and offender-focused strategies of the You Have Options Program allows law enforcement to work collaboratively and gather the information necessary to identify and successfully investigate serial sexual predators.
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PO Box 1641 Lake Oswego, OR 97035