The Ohio Survivors Legal Assistance Clinic (OSLAC) endeavors to protect the rights and amplify the voices of survivors of sexual violence throughout Ohio’s legal systems.
OSLAC, a project of OAESV, is proud to stand as Ohio’s only legal services provider dedicated to solely to protecting the rights of survivors of sexual violence. OSLAC provides legal assistance to survivors often left out from other legal services programs (including those serving only survivors of intimate partner violence or those only serving survivors involved in criminal system matters).
OSLAC bridges the gap in services for survivors of sexual violence – including survivors of sexual violence perpetrated by non-intimate partners, non-family or household members, strangers, acquaintances, dating relationship, co-workers, and classmates.
This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-WL-AX-0015 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, to the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.
April provides administrative and organization support to the Legal Team in efforts to provide holistic representation to survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking across Ohio. April has many years of experience working in both academic and corporate structures of state and local government. Having a strong background in information technology lead to several great opportunities, a few being Miami University in Oxford, OH and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. It was those opportunities that lead to her K-12 teaching experience and opportunity to design the first computer programming/coding curriculum for Mecklenburg County Schools in South Hill, VA. April has a BBA and a MBA from Averett University in Danville, VA; a Higher Ground Women’s Leadership certificate from the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University and a post graduate Paralegal Certificate from Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH. In efforts to connect the technology with her business and legal training, April is preparing to sit for the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialist examination in 2019. Originally from Newark, NJ, April is a wife, mother and, “MiMi”; as well as a huge basketball fan that loves cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Becca has served the Ohio Survivor Legal Assistance Clinic since its inception in 2019. As Director of Legal Services for OAESV, she is responsible for providing advocacy and referral linkage for survivors of sexual violence who have needs specific to the criminal justice and/or civil legal systems, and for providing training and technical assistance to rape crisis centers specific to legal advocacy for survivors. Starting in the sexual violence movement as a volunteer advocate in 2003, Becca recognized her passion for the movement. She joined The Domestic Violence Shelter in Mansfield working with and advocating for survivors and their families. As a Miami University alumnus, Becca returned to Miami to serve as the Sexual Assault Response/ Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students. In this role she assisted survivors in navigating the various systems and processes along with providing resources and services both on and off campus. Becca has chaired committees, assisted in crafting policy, and coordinated universal efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Becca is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law and maintains Registered Advocate with Advanced Standing status with the Ohio Advocate Network.
OSLAC provides direct representation of survivors of sexual violence in legal matters, including:
- Civil Stalking and Sexually-Oriented Offense Protection Orders
- Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault matters in K-12 and Post-Secondary Institutions
- Office of Civil Rights Complaints
- Employment and Sexual Harassment
- Survivor Privacy Rights
- Landlord-Tenant and Housing Protections
- Immigration Law advice for survivors
What We Can’t Help With
*OSLAC is not available to represent survivors in the following case types:
- Criminal Defense representation
- Civil Litigation
- Family Law Matters
For these matters, please consider contacting the following resources:
- Ohio Domestic Violence Network at www.odvn.org or 1-800-934-9840
- Ohio State Bar Association at www.ohiobar.org/LegalHelp or 614-487-1008
OAESV’s VOCA Panel Attorney Program:
In addition to legal representation, OAESV also provides attorney assistance to survivors through its VOCA-funded panel attorney program. Where OSLAC is unable to support survivors due to capacity issues or Federal grant limitations, an OAESV panel attorney may be available to assist survivors.
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To apply for legal services through OAESV, please reach out to your local Rape Crisis Program or contact us at LegalClinic@OAESV.org. An advocate at a local Rape Crisis Center or OAESV staff member can assist in completing an application for services.
Ohio Survivor Legal Assistance Clinic is committed to training, educating, and assisting attorneys throughout Ohio. Whether in person, virtual, phone, or written, OSLAC strives to provide the most accurate and up to date information to attorneys working with survivors of sexual assault. Collaborating across Ohio on resources, services, and information is vitally important to ensure survivors, advocates, and attorneys are prepared for a variety of legal issues. Training and technical assistance can be conducted in groups or individually on a variety of topics including but not limited to:
- Civil Protection Orders
- Criminal Legal System
- Title IX
- Supporting survivors
- Sexual Assault Legal Advocacy Manual: Volume I
- Current Issues in the Law
- Title IX Updates
- Title IX Provision Comparison Chart
- Title IX Evidence Packet
- 2020 Title IX FAQ
- Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021), from the Department of Education
- Executive Order on Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity | The White House
- Legislation and Policy Updates
- House Bill 266: Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Rape; Spousal Exceptions; Childhood Sexual Abuse
- House Bill 315 (Companion Bill to Senate Bill 182): Ohio Bail Reform
- House Bill 319 & Senate Bill 183: Enact Expanding Human Trafficking Justice Act
- House Bill 121: Eliminate Sex Crime Spousal Exceptions; Permit Spousal Testimony
- Title IX Updates