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February 17, 2015

LSUS students, along with many others across the country, chose to take a stand and pledge to keep their relationships free from abuse. On February 10, 2015 several organizations including the Student Development department at LSUS, YWCA, Samaritan Counseling and Project Celebration came together to sponsor the "Choose Respect: Wear ORANGE Day" at LSUS. In an effort to promote awareness of healthy relationships and dating violence prevention, several students took the dating pledge on

Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. This type of abuse can be verbal, sexual, physical, or use technology or controlling behaviors to maintain control in the relationship. Unfortunately, this is a topic that greatly impacts college students. Approximately 1 in 3 (29%) college women say they have been in an abusive dating relationship.  By signing the pledge, students promised to have healthy, safe relationships free from violence and free from fear. They also promised to spread the word to friends, partners and family, and to promote the fact that love is respect.

LSUS Director of Student Development, Paula Atkins, said "Promoting this event/issues prevents abuse by educating college students on the warning signs of unhealthy, abusive relationships and encouraging the development of healthy, mutually respectful relationships." Atkins says she is available to students on campus for short-term counseling and assistance in connecting to local resources.

Those from LSUS who chose to participate joined together for a group photo and a balloon release while additional information was released to all students via email. An open presentation was also held on campus and all were encouraged to attend.

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 25 undergraduate degree programs and 12 graduate programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit 

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