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Alternative Reporting Options for Sexual Assault: An Overview of the You Have Options Program Webinar
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
1:00 PM PT/2:00 PM MT/3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET

This webinar is approximately 90 minutes long.


Led by law enforcement professionals working in partnership with victim advocates and experts in the field of sexual assault response and prevention, the aim of the You Have Options Program (YHOP) is to make the law enforcement response to sexual assault more effective. Specifically, YHOP focuses on changing two fundamental elements in the law enforcement response to sexual violence:

Increasing the number of victims who report to law enforcement, and thoroughly investigating identified offenders for serial perpetration.

Traditional law enforcement response to sexual violence tends to discourage sexual assault victims from seeking assistance through the criminal justice system. As a result, law enforcement often fails to receive the information needed to hold sexual offenders accountable, and perpetrators go on to re-offend. By removing as many barriers as possible, victims are better able to report their sexual assault and provide law enforcement with information they would otherwise never have received.

Law enforcement agencies participating in YHOP recognize the need for a victim-centered and offender-focused response to sexual violence. When victims are given the ability to control certain aspects of a sexual assault investigation - such as who is contacted and whether an arrest is made - law enforcement and victims both benefit. Victims provide investigators with more accurate information, are more willing to identify their assailant, and are better able to participate in the investigative and judicial process. Victims are also provided with the time they need to make a decision that is right for them, independent of the needs of the criminal justice system, and are more likely to report a positive experience with law enforcement regardless of the judicial outcome.

During this webinar, discussion will focus on the "Twenty Elements" of the YHOP program, and the implementation process for participating law enforcement agencies.


At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain the options offered to sexual assault victims when they report to a YHOP law enforcement agency through an overview of the program's "Twenty Elements."
  • Describe ways law enforcement can work with victims to identify and address the unique barriers victims face when choosing whether to pursue an investigation and possible prosecution.
  • Outline the seven phases of implementation for law enforcement agencies after attending a YHOP Introductory Session.



Detective Carrie HullDetective Carrie Hull
Program Director, You Have Options Program, Detective, Ashland Police Department

Carrie Hull is a Detective with the Ashland (Oregon) Police Department, assigned to the You Have Options Program (YHOP) as the Program Director. She is also an instructor with the Oregon Sexual Assault Training Institute, teaching best practices in sexual assault investigation to law enforcement officers across the nation. In addition to serving as a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee for the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, Detective Hull is a member of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Advisory Council and a faculty member for the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) instructing at their Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program.

In 2013 Detective Hull formalized her approach to sexual assault reporting and investigations by founding YHOP, a national law enforcement program that provides reporting options for survivors of sexual violence. Since then, she has shared her expertise widely, through published articles, legislative testimony, and roundtable discussions facilitated by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. Detective Hull has also received numerous awards to recognize her work, including EVAWI's Professional Impact Award in 2015.

Christia Currie, MSWChristia Currie, MSW

Christia Currie comes to the You Have Options Program (YHOP) having received her MSW from Portland State University in 2015. She has worked in the field of victim advocacy since 2008, providing direct services to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking. Currie is passionate about social justice and feels honored to be part of YHOP.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
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