New Center Offers Safe Space and Peer Advocates for Otterbein Students

Otterbein has established a new Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Resource Center with community space, a furnished safe room for any student living in an unsafe situation, and housing for Peer Advocates. Peer Advocates are students who have completed 40 hours of training including trauma informed crisis response, particularly trauma informed response for sexual violence victims/survivors and are qualified to help in many situations.

“We’re the only school in the state of Ohio that we know of that has a trained peer advocate staff,” said Associate Professor Tammy Birk, director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

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