SAVES is a peer education group advised by the Women's Center

The Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students (SAVES) peer education team facilitates interactive and educational programs that address sexual assault, healthy relationships, stalking, and the effects of media on gender-based violence. SAVES peer educators are a team of specially trained students (women, men, and people of all genders) who care about our community and want to make it a safe place for everyone to work and live. We are a group of passionate, dedicated Hokies. From facilitating presentations for residence halls and student organizations to planning events like The Red Flag Campaign, SAVES strives to make a positive difference in the VT community.

For more information, contact Katie Mey, SAVES Advisor.

SAVES Presentation Topics:

Gender-Based Violence Workshops and Discussions

Topics like sexual assault, consent, relationship violence, healthy relationships, stalking, and the impact of the media are important in the lives of college students.  SAVES is an anti-violence peer education group advised through the Women's Center, and they are available to facilitate workshops and discussions with your community, student organization, or other group.  All workshops are informal, led by fellow Hokies, and can be tailored to fit your group's needs.

Say Something with SAVES: A Conversation about . . .

Sex and Consent

This interactive presentation provides a general overview of sexual assault, including the role of consent and alcohol. Multiple activities and discussions are used to help illustrate issues related to sexual assault in the college environment. Time is also spent teaching participants what they can do to help someone who has been sexually assaulted.This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.

Relationships

Relationships are an important part of college life, but not everyone's relationships are always healthy. This interactive program looks at the continuum of intimate relationships – from healthy to abusive. Peer educators will lead students in hands-on activities and discussions to gain further understanding of how to create a healthy relationship. Campus and community resources will be reviewed and participants will learn what they can do to help someone in an abusive relationship. This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.

Sex, Violence, and the Media

This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Peer educators will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence.

Stalking Realities

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other online communities are great ways to meet new friends and keep in touch with people. However, stalking (including the use of technology to stalk) and online harassment occur more often than we think. In addition to definitions and statistics, presenters will share examples through case studies and interactive activities. Peer educators will address online safety, as well as available campus and community resources. This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.

To schedule a presentation, contact Katie.

Information to apply to be a SAVES peer educator for 2017-18

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Phone: (540) 231-7806
Fax: (540) 231-6767

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