RCASA, in collaboration with RCDV is sponsoring SAVE; a new college organization at both Mary Washington University and Germanna Community College. SAVE stands for Student Anti Violence Educators. Their purpose is to increase awareness of victim advocacy and support organizations within the community related to sexual assault and domestic violence. SAVE will work toward its goal by: developing education outreach programs and presentations, facilitating educational trainings, publishing educational brochures and flyers, coordinating a regular series of roundtable discussions of student leaders, and hosting awareness events on campus.
The chief officers of Save are RCASA interns Drew Hickey for Germanna and Mike Dooley for Mary Washington. Notice these leaders, as well as at least half of the participants are male! It is awesome to see all young people step up to the plate to work for social change, but in areas of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which have long been considered “women’s” issues, it is truly spectacular to have young men truly passionate about the cause. Special recognition must also be given to James Sennet, student leader at Mary Washington who had already formed an organization against sexual assault on campus that merged with SAVE and enabled them to hit the ground running on their campus with the Red Flag Campaign and a full week of sexual assault awareness events. Shelly Hillberry, volunteer for RCASA, and Gwen Paulson intern of RCDV are also officers of the groups affiliated directly with our agencies. So congratulations and thanks to all of these students making a difference in their communities, they should be very proud.