The LSU Health Shreveport SAVE Program is a mandatory student Sexual Assault and Violence Education Program that began in the Fall of 2011. This program is made possible through a grant funded by the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women Grant #2011-WA-AX-0013. All new, incoming students, both male and female, will annually attend the mandatory SAVE Program training during their first week of Campus Orientation. Under this program an educational and prevention curriculum was developed and implemented that specifically addresses domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking against women enrolled at LSU Health Shreveport.
The goal of this program is to reduce the risk of violence against women on our campus. Specifically to reduce the risk of:
- Sexual assault
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
Why SAVELSU Health Shreveport recognizes the need for improved safety measures for our students. Our goal is to develop and implement a mandatory student education program that will increase awareness and reduce the risk of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on campus. Given the opportunity to apply for a grant opportunity offered by the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, the University Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office held two focus sessions. First, student representatives from the LSUHSC Schools met to explore their concerns and expectations regarding general school safety and the need for further education on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Second, University officials, including administrators, UPD officers, and community representatives, met to discuss student concerns along with logistical considerations related to campus safety. Overwhelmingly, both groups supported the development and implementation of a mandatory student violence education and prevention program. In an effort to provide the best program possible for all students on the LSU Health Shreveport campus, the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) was developed. The CCRT includes the following members: University Diversity Officer; Assistant Deans for Academic Affairs, School of Medicine, School of Allied Health and School of Graduated Studies; University Disciplinary Board Member; Providence House representative; community victim survivor; UPD Education Program Director; UPD Assistant Education Program Director; three female students – one from each school; local judicial system representative; Caddo Parish Police representative; and two local law enforcement representatives.
The mission of the SAVE Program is tri-fold. The University is committed to the development and implementation of a sexual assault and violence awareness program to educate all students about the warning signs and potential risks of becoming a victim, how to prevent / eliminate the threat of violence and how to empower women to regain control of their lives in the event they become a victim.