Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students (SAVES)

SAVES is a peer education group advised by the Women's Center

SAVES Flyer 2019.pdf Deadline to apply for SAVES is April 15, 2019

Are You Committed to Serving Your Community?
Join SAVES! Applications are open NOW!
Submit yours before April 15th!

Who are we? What do we do?

The Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students (SAVES) peer education group facilitate interactive and educational programs that address sexual assault, healthy relationships, stalking, and the effects of media on gender-based violence. SAVES peer educators are a team of specially trained students (women, men, and people of all genders) who care about our community and want to make it a safe place for everyone to work and live. We are interesting, fun, and excited about what we do.

Our Mission

SAVES strives to raise awareness of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking through outreach and education in hopes that through our commitment we will create a safer and more accepting environment throughout the Virginia Tech community.

What do we expect from SAVES members?

  • Commitment to learning about gender-based violence!

    * We have 3 days of training in fall 2019 -- We as that you hold from 9a-2p on Saturday and Sunday of the following weekends: Sept. 14th/15th, Sept. 21st/22nd, and Sept. 28th/29th. You will be notified about which three days are selected as the final training dates by the end of May 2019.
    * ALL admitted members will need to attend the three mandatory, interactive training sessions during Fall 2019.

  • Work at least 8 hours a month on SAVES-related projects.  
  • Attend regular (weekly, Monday evenings) meetings and in-service training.  
  • Facilitate at least 2 workshops per semester.  (1-4 hours of prep and facilitation time)
  • Dedicate time to SAVES-sponsored programs.  
  • Contribute time and ideas to workshop and program development.
  • Contribute to Social Media education efforts.

If you are interested in joining SAVES and our efforts to make a difference in our community:

  • Complete the application via the link above by Monday, April 15th at 11:59 pm
  • Have 1 reference submit a reference form  (link in app) by Monday, April 15th at 11:59 pm
  • Select an applicant interview time (link in app) on April 18th, 19th, 22nd, or 23rd, then block that available time off on your calendar so you don't double book yourself before we can get back to you.
  • Wait for an email from SAVES to confirm receipt of your materials and your scheduled interview time. 

Training for SAVES takes place in person and online and is mandatory for folks wishing to maintain membership with the group. One of our dates this year does overlap with football games. We will make efforts to finish training for the day in time for you to attend afternoon games if you like. Some game times were TBD at the time of scheduling, and so, unfortunately, cannot be accounted for. 

SAVES Presentation Topics:

Gender-Based Violence Workshops and Discussions

Topics like sexual assault, consent, relationship violence, healthy relationships, stalking, and the impact of the media are important in the lives of college students.  SAVES is an anti-violence peer education group advised through the Women's Center, and they are available to facilitate workshops and discussions with your community, student organization, or other group.  All workshops are informal, led by fellow Hokies, and can be tailored to fit your group's needs.

Say Something with SAVES: A Conversation about . . .

Sex and Consent

This interactive presentation provides a general overview of sexual assault, including the role of consent and alcohol. Multiple activities and discussions are used to help illustrate issues related to sexual assault in the college environment. Time is also spent teaching participants what they can do to help someone who has been sexually assaulted.This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.


Relationships are an important part of college life, but not everyone's relationships are always healthy. This interactive program looks at the continuum of intimate relationships – from healthy to abusive. Peer educators will lead students in hands-on activities and discussions to gain further understanding of how to create a healthy relationship. Campus and community resources will be reviewed and participants will learn what they can do to help someone in an abusive relationship. This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.

Sex, Violence, and the Media

This interactive, multimedia presentation takes a look at representations of gender, sex, and college students in popular culture and the media. Through images, music, and videos, participants are shown how these aspects of popular culture are related to gender-based violence. Peer educators will lead participants in activities and discussions on the power of popular culture in our lives and its impact, both positive and negative, on our view of gender based violence.

Stalking Realities

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other online communities are great ways to meet new friends and keep in touch with people. However, stalking (including the use of technology to stalk) and online harassment occur more often than we think. In addition to definitions and statistics, presenters will share examples through case studies and interactive activities. Peer educators will address online safety, as well as available campus and community resources. This presentation can be tailored to fit the needs of your particular group.

To schedule a presentation, contact Katie.