The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program was founded in August 2013 to serve survivors in Meigs and Perry counties of Southeastern Ohio. In December 2013, Athens county was added to our service area. In October 2015, SAOP expanded service to Gallia, Hocking, Morgan, and Vinton counties. Beginning October 2016, SAOP became a program of the Edna Brooks Foundation, Inc. working closely with the local organization My Sister’s Place. On November 15, 2016, SAOP relocated to a main office at 77 East State Street, Athens, Ohio. The office location officially opened on December 1, 2016. SAOP offers branch office locations in each of the seven counties served.
SAOP is funded by the Rape Crisis Fund grant and Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding awarded by the Office of Victims of Crime through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Federal victims of crime can receive SAOP services.
Serve community members of Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties who have been victimized or who identify as survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, domestic/dating violence, and stalking through establishing and providing survivor services:
- Identify existing community resources to support survivors of violence
- Train existing community resources to provide comprehensive, trauma informed services when working with survivors of violence
- Work with community organizations to create a coordinated community response to violence
- Train and organize community volunteers as advocates working within our service area
- Increase community awareness about the occurrence of sexual and interpersonal violence within our service area
- Strive to create partnerships within our communities to form a unified front for the prevention of and response to violence