Students Swipe With Utah State University On Tinder

Students Swipe With Utah State University On Tinder

Students at Utah State University can now swipe right on their school — or more specifically its Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office. The office, or SAAVI for short, created a profile on the popular Tinder dating app to reach students. “It causes individuals to pause for just a moment to remember the importance of consent and respectful relationships.” The idea is for SAAVI to use the profile to share anti-sexual violence messaging and serve as a point of contact and resource for students. In general, it’s about preventing sexual violence,” Amanda DeRito said in an interview. This push comes in the wake of an investigation released earlier this year that found sexual assault and harassment had gone unpunished at Utah State. As a result of the investigation, Utah State removed its Title IX coordinator. Another high profile incident also made national news when seven women alleged former Utah State linebacker Torrey Green sexually assaulted them while at the school. “I think when that came out in the news, Utah State really had to look inward and look at all of our processes,” DeRito said. We’ve been making change after change and adding new efforts since then.” One of those new efforts is a bystander intervention program aimed at putting an end to sexual violence, depression, suicide, and bullying. “I think it will be interesting to see how people respond as students come back to school,” DeRito said.

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Students at Utah State University can now swipe right on their school — or more specifically its Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information Office.

The office, or SAAVI for short, created a profile on the popular Tinder dating app to reach students.

“Having a SAAVI profile on Tinder is a great way for individuals to gain information about consent, Upstanding, etc., and the resources available to them, all while finding a date for the upcoming weekend,” Felicia Gallegos, a SAAVI coordinator told The Herald Journal which first reported the story. “It causes individuals to pause for just a moment to remember the importance of consent and respectful relationships.”

The idea is for SAAVI to use the profile to share anti-sexual violence messaging and serve as a point of contact and resource for students.

“The strategy is to put out messages about consent, and also about healthy relations and bystander intervention. In general, it’s about preventing sexual violence,” Amanda DeRito said in an interview.

Utah State ran into a snag early on as Tinder took the school’s profile down after a short time on the app. Fox 13 reported that the account was removed on August 2.

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The removal was short-lived, as DeRito confirmed on Thursday that Tinder resurrected the profile after a review.

“I think we’re still in the process of getting it back online, but Tinder has said they’ve reinstated it,” DeRito said.

Tinder did not respond to a request for comment.

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