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Welcome to Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention

Mission Statement for the Valdosta State University Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force

The VSU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force is committed to raising awareness and creating prevention resources about sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment, and stalking on our Campus and the local community. It is the goal of the VSU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force to create a safe environment where individuals are supported, educated, and empowered to reduce the incidence of violence on our Campus and throughout our World. 

VSU’s Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force Goals:

The VSU Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force is committed to raising awareness and creating prevention resources about sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment, and stalking on our Campus and the local community. To accomplish this goal, the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Task Force will:

  • Promote a safe and positive environment fostering respect, empowerment, and growth,  
  • Offer all students and employees the resources for prevention and education on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking,
  • Work to serve the needs of individuals of all races, ethnicities, religions, classes, ages and sexual orientations,
  • Offer survivors and secondary victims support, advocacy, counseling and referral resources on Campus and in the community,
  • Work assertively towards a campus and community that is safe from sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, and
  • Facilitate collaboration and communication among campus groups and community resources concerned with eliminating sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
Objectives:
  • VSU has created a University policy aimed specifically towards relationship and sexual violence that is easily accessible and provides the following:
    • Clear definitions of relationship and sexual violence, consent, and coercion
    • Examples of each definition
    • Clear reporting and contacting options
      • VSU Police
      • VSU Counseling Center
      • The Haven
    • Brief outline of judicial process
    • The following is the link to the sexual harassment, violence and assault section of the VSU Student Code of Conduct, http://ww2.valdosta.edu/studentaffairs/documents/Student_Handbook.pdf#page=78
  • Prevention Programs specifically geared towards Campus community
  • Casses targeting specific student groups such as: Athletes, Freshmen, and Greeks.
  • Prevention classes throughout the semester designed for all college students that is easily accessible to on and off campus students.
  • A comprehensive web site that includes all the links, resources, definitions regarding relationship and sexual violence.
    • Provide not only local links but national links as well.
  • Provide trained Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Peer Educators who act as liaisons between the University and the students.

Campus Partners:

VSU University Police Department
Dean of Students Office
Counseling Center
Office of Health Promotions

Student Health Services
Women and Genders Studies

References:   

UGA Office For Violence Prevention

Georgia Southern University Sexual Assault Response Team