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Building an Ethical Organization: Part Two
UoP Student
Axia College of University of Phoenix

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Building an Ethical 2
Building an Ethical Organization: Part Two
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2009), a sexual assault happens once every
two minutes. When these assaults occur, where do the victims turn for assistance? Currently
there is no central location for these victims and UoP Student is determined to rectify that. On
January 29, 2009 the Coshocton City Council accepted UoP Student’s proposal to equip the
community with a sexual abuse victim’s center. This organization will reside at 338 Pier Street
and will house a variety of services that victims of sexual assault can benefit from. The SAVES
building, which stands for Sexual Assault Victim’s Educational Safe Haven, will be open 365
days a year, 24 hours a day to meet the needs of the community. The building will be operated by
a non-profit victim’s advocacy organization of the same name and will offer counseling,
educational programs, legal advice and much more. By housing many services in one building, it
is UoP Student’s goal that victims will get the care they need and not fall between the cracks.
About the Organization
SAVES was founded in 2008 by UoP Student, who herself was a victim of sexual assault.
UoP Student was unable to locate services that would help her through the frightening and
overwhelming process of dealing with her assault: filing a report against her attacker, wading
through the red tape that is the justice system, and locating a counselor or support group to help
her deal with her emotions. UoP Student is not alone, according to Campbell (2008):
“Rape victims encounter significant difficulties obtaining help from the legal,
medical, and mental health systems, and what help they do receive can leave them
feeling blamed, doubted, and re-victimized. As a result, survivors' post-rape
distress may be due not only to the rape itself but also to how they are treated by
social systems after the assault.” (para. 40)

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UoP Student had a desire to change this and empower those victims who often feel less
than adequate after their experience.
Services Offered
UoP Student has focused much of her attention on including families and friends
of victims into her programs. Many loved ones try to deal with their own emotional
issues after an attack as well as help the victim. UoP Student refers to this as the ripple
effect; those surrounding the victim have little knowledge on how to help or how to
handle the emotions of the victims. SAVES goal is to change this. A toll-free number will
be staffed 24 hours a day for victims and their families and friends who are seeking
advice, want to report a crime, or just need a sympathetic ear. Those who call wanting to
report an assault will be offered the services of a victims advocate. This individual can
accompany the victim to the police to file a complaint, to the hospital to be examined,
and the advocate will also be available to support the victim at any legal proceedings that
take place after the assault.
SAVES staff will be able to assist with pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection
testing in the days after an attack. These tests are confidential, and additional counseling services
will be offered to those with positive test results. SAVES will also provide general counseling to
the victims and their families as well as legal advice and support. Individuals who are victims of
sexual assault are prime candidates for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Immediate and
frequent counseling can help to lessen the damage caused by PTSD (Tolin & Foa, 2006), which
is one of the many reasons that counseling will be strongly advised at SAVES. Victims need to
know that they are not alone in the fight to convict their attackers; a strong support system will

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