"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
"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
Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s time that this heinous crime be looked at and investigated in a different way. Survivors need to be treated with much more respect and concern than they have in the past. This crime needs to be addressed as the most offensive violation it is, and survivors should feel safe and protected in both reporting and follow-up procedures.
- Community Member
"Four out of five rapes that are reported to the police are never prosecuted. Simply unacceptable. We must provide survivors of campus sexual assault with options for reporting to police that are beneficial to both law enforcement and survivors. This will encourage more survivors to come forward to pursue justice and ultimately leave more cooperative witnesses and better information to send to district attorneys to prosecute. The Ashland Police Department in Ashland, Oregon had developed a model for investigating sexual assault that strives to achieve these goals called the You Have Options Program. The department found that by using trauma-informed investigative techniques and allowing victims to provide as much or little information about the assault as they choose, in a time frame that they feel comfortable, the department can actually increase reporting and collect better evidence. In fact, when I sat down with the women who developed the program she said she was able to convince her police department to do this because it was the tools that were necessary to catch recidivists, to catch multiple rapes by the same perpetrator."
- New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, 12/09/14 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on sexual assault on college campuses
"We know that only a small percentage of sexual assaults are reported to the police. Victims believe they will not be treated fairly or will be re-traumatized throughout the process. As more investigators, both law enforcement and campus judicial investigators, are trained in trauma-informed investigative techniques I believe the way we handle campus sexual assault cases will improve. The You Have Options Program, pioneered in Ashland, Oregon, is a good example of how this training works."
- Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner, 12/09/14 Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on sexual assault on college campuses
“I am very very impressed with how your department is handling sex crimes. I know lots of officers that think most reports are false and that the real ones are the ones that don't get reported. This can be so frustrating and counter productive. That attitude helps no one. I was happily surprised to see that Ashland is totally different. It's awesome to see that the entire department, including administration, are being offensive on this issue I truly believe that if officers and detectives handled things differently they would be very successful in clearing this silent problem out of their
jurisdictions. I am hopeful that all cities around the country will follow suit with your system once they realize that it works. It is so unique.”
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
“I have been so amazed to witness what your caring and your kindness has
done for the survivor I am working with.”