SARV Program Highlights


The Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Prevention Program (SARV) began in 2007 when Kelly Schweda hired as Program Coordinator. First SARV workshops run in 2008.


OVER 30,000 STUDENTS COMPLETED SARV 

EDUCATED &

  • Over half of the male and female students that attended a workshop reported the workshop changed the way they think about relationship violence and sexual assault, and corrected misperceptions about both.*

EMPOWERED

  • Of the students that attended SARV workshops, 26.6% of the male students and 35.8% of female students reported they were able to apply the information they learned over the course of the year.*

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LBGTQ SARV WORKSHOP

LBGTQ SARV workshop added in 2012,  which included a gender-neutral format and scenarios specific to LBGTQ students.


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SARV

flag barTo respond to the needs of MSU’s ever-growing international student population, the International Student SARV workshop was added in 2015. This workshop seeks to accommodate students’ varying cultural norms, background education, and language proficiency as they relate to sexual assault & relationship violence.

See two of our former Peer Educators featured in the President’s 2013 Inside Out report!

Jolisa & Janisse


*From a follow-up survey conducted in 2012.

What students are saying about SARV:

"I loved everything about it, how it was ran, who ran it and what it stood for."

"I was really impressed by how the peer educators ran the program."

"The scenarios made me reevaluate my judgments."

"Getting to talk to students who were familiar with the information was better than just hearing from a video or textbook."

“[I have been able to] be more aware of when I’m participating in victim blaming, to seek help in a situation that could have escalated to stalking, and to help a friend who dealt with sexual abuse.”

"We were getting information from our peers, so the information was more relatable.”

"I helped pull my friends away from a potential assaulter.”

"The most helpful piece of information was learning how to intervene if you were to witness a potential sexual assault unfolding.”

“The peer aspect of the speakers made things less intimidating about such a serious subject.”

“[I learned] what to do when presented with this type of situation. With things like relationship violence you can’t just stand around and watch.”

“Group discussions helped a lot because you got to interact with other students and hear their point of view.”

"I am so happy I went to the program tonight for a ton of the information was new and it gave me many campus resources I didn't know existed."

"I found it very informative and really appreciated the students who were presenting us with the information."