A Message from Project Safe

Vanderbilt University’s Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness module features videos that deal frankly with power-based personal violence (intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, identity-based targeting, and bullying). The videos are designed to be informative and educational.

This series of videos is in response to new obligations on colleges and universities under the Campus Sexual Violence Act (SaVE Act) provision of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) signed into law on March 7, 2013. Since March, a diverse team of campus partners has convened to determine the most effective methods for fulfilling the new educational obligations around issues of power-based personal violence. The videos are an adaptation from the University of Montana’s on-line module and have been modified specifically for Vanderbilt’s community.

Some students may find it challenging to watch this series of videos. If this is the case, please feel free to reach out to Project Safe. Project Safe provides support for students, faculty, and staff who have been affected by any form of power-based personal violence or for those seeking information about how to support someone in such a situation.

Staff working with Project Safe can provide a listening ear, personal support, additional resources and referrals, as well as other assistance as requested. In addition, they can provide consultation and workshops on a variety of related issues. For questions about the module or other non-urgent issues, please contact Project Safe at projectsafe@vanderbilt.edu or call the Project Safe Center at (615) 875-0660.  Project Safe also provides a 24-hour support and resource hotline (615) 322-SAFE (7233) if you need to speak with a victim resource specialist.

What is VU PETSA?

Vanderbilt University’s Personal Empowerment Through Self Awareness module is an online tutorial aimed at educating Vanderbilt University’s campus community about power-based personal violence. This module is one part of a multi-faceted approach to violence prevention and education on Vanderbilt’s campus. For more information on how to get involved, please visit Green Dot at Vanderbilt for ongoing opportunities and education or contact the Project Safe Center at projectsafe@vanderbilt.edu.

To enroll in the module, please email projectsafe@vanderbilt.edu.  Please note, in order to enroll for the module, you must have a Vanderbilt VUnetID and password.


For information call (615) 875-0660 or email at projectsafe@vanderbilt.edu

Who should watch the VU PETSA videos?

VU PETSA is for the entire Vanderbilt community and anyone interested in ending sexual violence. All first year and transfer students are required to complete the VU PETSA online tutorial and quiz. We invite everyone to explore this website, view the videos, and offer feedback by emailing us at projectsafe@vanderbilt.edu

How does it work?

VU PETSA is an online tutorial available in OAK and The Learning Exchange that comprises seven short videos and a quiz. It typically takes 20-30 minutes to complete. All incoming students are required to complete the module.