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Utah State University’s Sexual Assault and Anti Violence Information (SAAVI) office hired TrueBlue Communication to do research on visibility around campus and subsequently make suggestions on how to improve, ultimately allowing more students to feel comfortable coming forward and talking to the counselors at the office. As the account manager, I organized two focus groups (one for men and another for women) and was the main point-of-contact between TrueBlue and SAAVI. What follows is 1) a transcript of the focus groups, 2) the PR plan put together for SAAVI and 3) the slide show summarizing the PR plan.
A note: the formatting between the two records is not the same. I transcribed the men’s focus group, but having not been present in the women’s focus group, I felt unable to edit their responses.
SAAVI Communications Plan
SAAVI: Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information center
The Utah State University (USU) office of Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) provides support, advocacy and information to anyone at USU (women, men; students, faculty and staff) who is a survivor of sexual assault, rape, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, hate crimes, hazing, etc.
SAAVI offers educational presentations related to creating healthy relationships and violence-free environments for the well-being of all students, faculty and staff. SAAVI’s goal is for everyone to be physically and emotionally safe at USU.
- Increase awareness/understanding of SAAVI’s role and services among the general campus population
- Encourage victims of interpersonal violence to use SAAVI’s services
- Increase awareness/understanding of interpersonal violence issues around the general campus population
- Persuade everyone (especially men) to be better partners and more effective bystanders to others facing unhealthy relationships
- Current victims
- Faculty and staff
- Offenders, or potential offenders
- Cache valley community
- USU students, including
- Grad students
- Transfer students
Current and Potential Partners
SAAVI does not compete with any other organizations
- USU Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
- Health and Wellness Center at USU
- Campus Police
- Logan Police
Key Dates and Activities
TBA: Clothesline Project
February 14 – Healthy Relationship Week
April 12 – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
September 6 – Red Zone (TSC patio)
September 22 – RAINN Day (TSC patio)
Sept. – Homecoming Parade
Oct. – “We Believe in Safe Families” (Cache Co. Courthouse)
Focus Group Method
November 8, 2011
15 men and 30 women
The sexes were divided for the focus group
Notes and audio transcriptions
- comprehensive report
Key findings extracted
- Majority did not know where SAAVI was located
- SAAVI is a good resource for someone who: wants outside third-party advice, and someone who is qualified to deal with deeper emotional issues; otherwise focus group participants would go to friends, family or religious leaders
- Continue to promote in the same ways; also approach religious leaders and more PSAs, posters, etc.
- Show healthy relationships in ads
- Is this you? It could be.
- Choose the right person for a healthy happy relationship
- 1. Majority of women would talk to their parents first
- 2. Managers/bosses needs more knowledge of SAAVI
- 3. Consistent education about SAAVI
- Educate elementary and middle schools
- 4. More awareness through the Resident Assistants
- 5. Counselors who can empathize because they have experienced it
Findings: Women Cont’d
- 6. There needs to be a clearer division between what is right and wrong
- If it is in a joking manner, it is okay
- 7. A lot of girls are fixers
- 8. More awareness and education on other violence (ie. emotional)
- 9. List qualities of a good, healthy relationship
- The line between right and wrong depends on the situation
- Men, as victims, would rather go to religious authority than SAAVI
Proposed Communications Objectives
- Increase awareness and understanding of SAAVI’s role and services among the general campus population
- Increase awareness and understanding among victims of interpersonal violence of SAAVI services
- Increase awareness and understanding of interpersonal violence issues around the general campus population
- Persuade men to be better partners, and more effective bystanders to others facing unhealthy relationship situations
We have not been updated with SAAVI’s budget. This information will be helpful for future planning.
- Continue updating Facebook, and increase engagement and “likes”
- Create a Twitter account
- Re-do marketing materials
- Build relationships with USU students
- Counselors must become public figures
- Make more SAAVI appearances at events around Cache Valley
- Revisit recommendations: launch a new campaign based on results between evaluations to increase campus awareness
- SAAVI is a safe, confidential place
- No means No
- You are not in the wrong if you have been sexually assaulted
- SAAVI offers counseling support
- Calls are anonymous and confidential
- SAAVI is taking a stand against sexual assault
Because of the public nature of the internet, I have edited out some potentially sensitive information. As a follow-up to this release, The Utah Statesman ran a front-page, above-the-fold article about the event on Sept. 23, 2011.
Utah State University’s Sexual Assault and Anti Violence Information (SAAVI) office hired TrueBlue Communication to help plan and promote their annual RAINN Day, an observance of all survivors of interpersonal violence, to help increase visibility and recognition of SAAVI and the services the offer.
For Immediate Release:
Date: Sept. 19, 2011
Contact: Monica Bailey, SAAVI director
Address: USU Student Health & Wellness Center, 850 E. 1200 N., Logan, UT 84321
RAINN Day: Washing Away Rape
USU Service Seeks to Educate and Comfort Students
LOGAN, Utah – The weather report says 80 degrees and sunny for September 22, which is why you may be confused as you walk around campus and see posters for RAINN Day. Utah State University’s Sexual Assault and Anti Violence Information (SAAVI) office will hold their annual RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) Day, an observance of all survivors of interpersonal violence, this Thursday.
On RAINN Day, a USU student will be sharing her story about her experience with domestic violence and rape at 10:15 and 1:15 on the TSC Patio. All students are invited to listen to the monologues. SAAVI will also have a booth where students can trace their hands on a poster and take a stand against interpersonal violence.
SAAVI Director Monica Bailey says she wants students to not only recognize SAAVI and what it stands for, but also feel comfortable to come and talk with her. SAAVI is completely confidential and gives students a safe place to talk about their choices, options and rights.
Along with the activities for the day, SAAVI will display statistics for dating violence, date rape, stalking, alcohol violence and other domestic violence on small umbrellas throughout the day around their booth. Each umbrella represents a sexual assault, which happens every two minutes. As they accumulate throughout the day, Bailey hopes it will send a message about the seriousness these occurrences. She hopes to inspire men and women to be better relationship partners, as well as become effective bystanders for those in unhealthy relationships.
The SAAVI office is in the Student Health & Wellness Center on 850 E. and 1200 N., just north of Romney Stadium. The SAAVI office provides support to anyone at Utah State University who is a survivor of interpersonal violence. SAAVI also has a 24-hour anonymous hotline. If you know of anyone who is in a dangerous or hurtful relationship please contact SAAVI.