Awareness Events

Annual "Open forums," featuring discussions led by both members of theSAVE Program CCRT and representatives for Providence House, will be held.  These forums are open to all LSUHSC-S students.  Additionally, employees and members of the surrounding community, with a vested interest in reducing violence on campus are invited to attend.

Quarterly “brown bag” luncheons to discuss safety issues and concerns on campus, allowing an exchange of ideas for enhancement of the SAVE Program will be held.

The LSUHSC-S campus newsletter, On the Inside provides prevention tips and information regarding scheduled events designed to increase awareness and prevention of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Awareness activities for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2014 include: 

  • October 1-31 – Our community partnerProject Celebrationprovides safe housing and shelter to victims of abuse including children.  The needs at the shelter are ongoing and to help them meet their daily needs the SAVE Program is collecting donations throughout the month of October.  Donation boxes with a list of needed supplies are located in the lobby of the School of Allied Health Professions and the Medical School. 

  •  October 2, Thursday – DV Memorial Service – A memorial service recognizing individuals who have lost their live as a result of domestic violence will be held at the Salvation Army Chapel at 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 2.  This event is open to the public. 
  •  October 2, Thursday – The SAVE program staff will join Project Celebration staff at Shreveport Job Corp at 1:00 on Thursday, October 2.  They will participate in an educational curriculum and question and answer session on “ Expect Respect”.  The boys and girls at Shreveport Job Corp will have the opportunity to talk with domestic violence advocates, law enforcement officials, a family therapist and community members about youth violence. 

  •  October 3, Friday – On Friday, October 3 at 1PM, a Memorial Service honoring Gwen Cox will be held at Evergreen Life Services in Haughton. Gwen was murdered in May by her husband and as a result, her family campaigned for changes in the law regarding release of those arrested for domestic abuse. On August 1, 2014, Act 318, commonly referred to as ‘Gwen’s Law’, went into effect throughout the state of Louisiana. Gwen’s Law instructs courts to conduct a danger assessment and take that into account when determining bail in felony offenses committed against a family or household member or dating partner. The public is invited to participate in this event.

  •  October 8, Wednesday – On Wednesday, October 8, SAVE will host an awareness event in the Medical School Auditorium from 12:00-1:00 pm. There will be a panel including Petrina Jenkins, DV advocate, from Project Celebration, Kecia Vekovius, a DV victim family member, and Shreveport Police Department.  Kecia will share her sister’s story with the hope that it may help save someone their life.  For planning purposes, we are requesting that if you plan to attend, you contact the SAVE office at 813-7283 or email shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu or sjohns4@lsuhsc.edu
  •  October 10, Friday – Friday, October 10 has been declared “Wear Purple Day”.   Everyone is encouraged to wear Purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The colorpurple has been adopted nationally as the color to represent domestic violence.  It represents the bruises and different shades of purple that battered women experience. 
    • 10:00AM at Government Plaza a ceremony recognizing DV month will be held.  A Declaration will be read by a government official declaring Friday, October 10 as Wear Purple Day.  There will be a balloon release and law enforcement vehicles from Shreveport and Bossier will be on hand to sound their sirens for 1 full minute in memory of those that have lost their lives as a result of DV.  The public is encourage to attend and wear their purple.  
  • October 11-31 - Project Celebration is providing VIOLETS, “purple people” cut outs with messages about abuse, to be on display on our campus.  These “people” signify the impact domestic violence has on everyone from the oldest to the littlest victims.  VIOLET will be in the ACC, Medical School and School of Allied Health Professions.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take your picture with VIOLET and either post it to the SAVE facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/SAVEatLSUHealthShreveport  or email to the SAVE office shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu  

 The services of the SAVE office are available to all students, faculty and staff.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call 813-SAVE or email shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu or sjohns4@lsuhsc.edu.  All services are confidential. 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!  

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the SAVE program is hosting an Awareness Event in the Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400 on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 PM,.  Hugo Holland, Asst. District Attorney for Judicial Districts 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 26th, and 37th  & Special Agent, Louisiana Department of Justice will be our guest at this event.  Mr. Holland currently serves on the Caddo-Bossier Sexual Assault Response Team, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Louisiana Child Death Review Panel, the Volunteer’s of America Human Rights Committee, the Volunteers for Youth Justice, and is a special consultant for his jurisdiction’s White Collar Crimes Task Force.  Bring your questions!  Please contact the save office at 813-7283 or shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu if you plan to attend.  Lunch will also be providedFor more information and to RSVP, follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YDVQKZ3.

Wednesday, April 23 is National Denim Day 

Denim Day came about as a result of a rape that occurred in Italy thirteen years ago.  An 18yearold girl is picked up by her 45yearold instructor for her very first driving lesson. An hour later, raped and abandoned by him in alley, she has to make her way back home. Undeterred, she reports the incident, the rapist was arrested. The driving instructor was prosecuted and convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.  Months later, he appealed the sentence. The case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court, where the case against the driving instructor was overturned and the perpetrator was released. In a statement released by the Head Judge, a male, he argued, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building.  In fact, women across the country were enraged and within hours women were wearing denim jeans everywhere including professional work environments in support of the rape victim.

This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same—and a movement was born.

A CALL TO ACTION

Denim Day has become a worldwide event that calls to community members and elected officials to stand with survivors of sexual assault to wear denim in protest of what happened in Italy in 1997. This is a time to coordinate events and raise awareness about sexual assault, and its myths and misconceptions, in order to support survivors and bring an end to this crime.

Be an active participant in educating and empowering other women and veterans. Make a fashion statement on Denim Day by wearing your denim!

For more information on the SAVE Program, contact Sue Johnson at sjohns4@lsuhsc.edu

2014 National Stalking Awareness Month

January is recognized as National Stalking Awareness Month and the SAVE Program office will be hosting a Stalking Awareness event to help bring awareness to this issue. The event will be on Tuesday, January 14, from 12:00-1:00PM in the Medical School Auditorium. Mike McConnell, Deputy, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office and Criminal Justice Instructor at Remington College, will provide a short presentation on Stalking and Domestic Violence and the correlation between the two issues.  In the United States, 6.6 million adults are stalked each year.  All students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend.  For planning purposes we ask that if you are planning to attend you notify the SAVE office at 813-7283 or shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu

January 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the first National Stalking Awareness Month. In the past ten years, there has been an increase in awareness of stalking and enhanced responses to stalking across the country. Laws have been strengthened, tens of thousands of professionals trained on responding to stalking, and services for victims of stalking have been expanded. However, 6.6 million adults are stalked in the United States in one year.   

Stalking is a dangerous crime that affects approximately 6.6 million Americans per year.  It can happen to anyone.  Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia.  In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships.  Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction and severe depression and may lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.  Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. 

If you feel you or someone you know is being stalked, or are unsure if you are, contact the SAVE Program Office at 318-813-SAVE (7283) or in person in the School of Allied Health Professions, Room 3-344 or UPD at 318-675-6165.  For more information on stalking, please visit the Stalking Resource Center @ http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org.

 

2013 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

 

 

 

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the SAVE Program is hosting several upcoming activities. 

 

  •          Why domestic violence victims don't leave – In this TED Talks video, Leslie Morgan Steiner discusses her history as a domestic violence victim and survivor.  She is a writer and outspoken advocate for survivors of domestic violence. 

o    October 17 – Student Awareness Event - Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400, 12:00-1:00 PM

o    In addition to this video, there will be a panel including representatives from Providence House, Shreveport Police Department and a survivor. 

o    For planning purposes, we are requesting that if you plan to attend, you contact the SAVE office at 813-7283 or emailshvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu or sjohns4@lsuhsc.edu

 

  •        Providence House Fundraiser – The Providence House is holding a Sleepout 4 Independence on Saturday, November 16 at Independence Stadium.  This “Sleepout” will provide many opportunities for awareness and education which is critical in breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community.  Participants will construct their own “box shelter” to sleep in for the night.  More information and guidelines can be found atwww.sleepout4independence.com.  Please consider getting a team together to participate in this special community event. 

 

  •        Wear Purple Day – October 18 – On Friday, October 18, everyone is encouraged to wear Purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The color purple has been adopted nationally as the color to represent domestic violence.  It represents the bruises and different shades of purple that battered women experience. 

 

  •          Clothesline Project – The SAVE Program will host theProvidence House Clothesline Project exhibit in the Ambulatory Care Center beginning October 21.  The women and children that are currently living at or participating in programs at the Providence House will paint their handprints onto solid color t-shirts.  These handprints signify the impact domestic violence has on everyone from the oldest to the littlest victims.  In addition, there will be a piece of artwork/factoid about domestic violence hung between the shirts. 
  •          The services of the SAVE office are available to all students, faculty and staff.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call 813-SAVE or email shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu orsjohns4@lsuhsc.edu.  All services are confidential. 



Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2013

The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.  The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention.

 

In recognition of SAAM, the SAVE office has a few activities scheduled. 

 

  • On April 11, 2013 from 12:00-1:00P there will be a panel discussion in the Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400.  The panel includes a SANE/SAFE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Forensic Examiner), sexual assault advocate, a detective from the Sex Crimes Unit of the Shreveport Police Department and the parent of a sexual assault survivor.  We hope you will join us as they share what their roles are in the event of a sexual assault. 

 

  • Denim Day will be observed on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  Denim Day came about as a result of a rape that occurred in Italy thirteen years ago.  An 18-year old girl is picked up by her 45-year old instructor for her very first driving lesson. An hour later, raped and abandoned by him in alley, she has to make her way back home. Undeterred, she reports the incident, the rapist was arrested. The driving instructor was prosecuted and convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.  Months later, he appealed the sentence. The case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court, where the case against the driving instructor was overturned and the perpetrator was released. In a statement released by the Head Judge, a male, he argued, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building.  In fact, women across the country were enraged and within hours women were wearing denim jeans everywhere including professional work environments in support of the rape victim.  This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same—and a movement was born.

 

Denim Day has become a worldwide event that calls to community members and elected officials to stand with survivors of sexual assault to wear denim in protest of what happened in Italy in 1997. This is a time to coordinate events and raise awareness about sexual assault, and its myths and misconceptions, in order to support survivors and bring an end to this crime.

 

Be an active participant in educating and empowering other women and veterans. Make a fashion statement on Denim Day, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by wearing your denim!

 

  • Facebook updates – See how you can connect with others and support Sexual Assault Awareness Month in our community.  Be watching for updates on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/SAVEatLSUHeathShreveport

For more information contact the SAVE office, 318-813-SAVE or emailshvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu.   

National Stalking Awareness Month

January has been designated as National Stalking Awareness Month.  In recognition of this, the SAVE office has several awareness activities planned.  On Tuesday, January 15, there will be a student awareness lunch in the Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400, from 12:00-1:00.  There will be a presentation of the Lifetime video "Stalking:  Real Crime, Real Fear", a self-defense demonstration and a question and answer session with Detective Roy Menefee from the Shreveport Police Department. All students as well as any interested faculty, employees, and staff are encouraged to attend.  Reminders will be posted in all student areas. If you are interested in attending please contact the SAVE office to make your reservation atshvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu.  

Additionally, a table will be set up on the ground floor of the Medical School and the SAHP for several days for people to take a short quiz on the computer totest their knowledge about stalking.  Tent cards will be displayed in the cafeteria and atrium with myths and facts about stalking.  Please take time to check out these two awareness activities. 

The History of National Stalking Awareness Month

In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking. NSAM emerged from the work of the Stalking Resource Center, a National Center program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, to raise awareness about stalking and help develop and implement multidisciplinary responses to the crime. 

NSAM began in response to a 2003 call to the Stalking Resource Center from Debbie Riddle, the sister of murdered stalking victim Peggy Klinke.  Riddle wanted to transform her family’s painful tragedy into a force for good - and to help improve law enforcement’s response to stalking and save lives. Riddle’s call led to a concurrent Congressional resolution on Stalking, a national program on Lifetime Television, hosted by Erin Brockovich, featuring Peggy Klinke’s story and a Lifetime video, “Stalking: Real Fear, Real Crime,” to train law enforcement about the crime.  In July 2003, the National Center for Victims of Crime, in partnership with Representative Heather Wilson (R-NM) and Lifetime Television, told Peggy’s story at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill, which focused on strengthening law enforcement’s response to the crime.

That same day, Representative Wilson introduced a Congressional resolution to support National Stalking Awareness Month. The following January, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched the first observance of National Stalking Awareness Month and supported communities across the nation in planning the event. 

In 2011, the White House issued the first Presidential Proclamation on National Stalking Awareness Month. President Obama’s proclamation stressed the millions affected by the crime, the often devastating consequences, the difficulty of identifying and investigating the crime, and the federal government’s strong commitment to combating stalking. The 2012 proclamation elaborated on the dangers of stalking, and the importance of NSAM in building awareness about the crime.

In 2012, during National Stalking Awareness Month, the White House convened its first-ever National Roundtable on Stalking, bringing together survivors, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, and researchers, to advance knowledge of the crime and help the federal government combat the crime. 

The National Stalking Awareness Month website (www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org), launched in January 2009, provides a wealth of information about the crime and about the nationwide observance.  Information about NSAM is also available on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/pages/National- Stalking-Awareness-Month/112815125149) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SRC_NCVC). Both sites have generated great interest and sharing about how communities throughout the country observe NSAM.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

The month of April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In observance, the SAVE Program Office at LSU Health Shreveport held an educational lunch for medical students and staff on April 17, 2012. Kathleen Marceaux, a sexual assault educator, from the Providence House, our community partner, served as the guest speaker. 

KTAL 6 reported on the lunch, which taught students the effects of sexual assault and how to treat victims of sexual assault as physicians.

Violence Prevention and Awareness Seminar

The next upcoming event will be a Violence Prevention and Awareness seminar.  Rod Reder and Bill Rousseau from the National Institute of Crime Prevention will be on our campus on June 19 and 20 to provide a 2-day training seminar. 

This seminar is being offered free of charge for LSU Health Shreveport faculty, staff and students and to local law enforcement and advocacy groups within our community.  We believe this training may be beneficial to you or others within your department.  Seating is limited. Prior registration is required. We hope you can join us for this educational offering.  

Registration forms are available in the SAVE Program Office, School of Allied Health Professions, Room 2-246 or you can email shvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu orsjohns4@lsuhsc.edu for additional information. Click here for a registration form.  

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the SAVE Program is hosting several upcoming activities. 

  • Telling Amy’s Story - This is a documentary video narrated by Detective Deirdri Fishel that follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001 in Pennsylvania.  Mariska Hargitay introduces the show and also closes the broadcast in an interview with Sheryl Cates from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  This presentation is scheduled for: 
    • October 1 – AHEC Grand Rounds - Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400, 12:00-1:00 PM
    • October 4 - Student Awareness Event - Medical School Auditorium, Room 1-400, 12:00-1:00 PM
    • This video will be facilitated by representative from our community partner, Providence House as well as our UPD educators.
    • For planning purposes, we are requesting that if you plan to attend, you contact the SAVE office at 813-7283 or emailshvSAVE@lsuhsc.edu or sjohns4@lsuhsc.edu
  • Providence House Donations – Collection boxes will be placed at the ground floor elevators of the Medical School and on the ground floor of the Allied Health Professions building for donations for our community partner, Providence House.  There will be flyers on the boxes indicating what items are needed on a daily basis for the families living at the safe house.  These boxes will be open for donations through the month of October. 
  • Wear Purple Day – October 19 – On October 19, everyone is encouraged to wear Purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The color purple has been adopted nationally as the color to represent domestic violence.  It represents the different shades of purple in the bruises that battered women experience. 
  • Clothesline Project – Providence House will bring in the Clothesline Project exhibit.  The children that are currently living at the Providence House Safe House will paint their handprints onto color t-shirts.  These handprints signify the impact domestic violence has on victims.  In addition, there will be a piece of artwork and facts about domestic violence hung between the shirts.