You Have Options Program (YHOP)
Ashland Police Department
The You Have Options Program 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. You Have Options Program participating law enforcement agencies recognize the need for a victim-centered and offender-focused response to sexual violence. The traditional law enforcement response to sexual violence tends to discourage sexual assault victims from seeking assistance through the criminal justice system. As a result, often law enforcement doesn't receive the information necessary to hold sexual offenders accountable, and those offenders go on to victimize additional persons. By addressing the barriers victims face when reporting sexual assault, and thereby increasing the number of sexual assault reports, the You Have Options Program provides investigators with information they would otherwise never have received.