A ‘L.O.V.E.’ story

Learning to Overcome through Victim Empowerment, L.O.V.E., is what several Tiffin University students are doing to help those affected by domestic violence.

L.O.V.E., a new student organization, is dedicated to raising awareness on the issues of domestic and dating violence and sexual assaults exclusively on college campuses.

“The college student population, often times, is overlooked in relation to domestic and dating violence,” said Brianne Hurd, a

“The college student population, often times, is overlooked in relation to domestic and dating violence,” said Brianne Hurd, adviser and campus victim’s rights advocate at TU. “Many times, students do not think of younger people being victims of domestic violence.”

Being fairly new, Hurd said there are about 18 to 20 students active in L.O.V.E. Members include on-campus and online students.

Kayla McClintock, the organization’s president, is a junior at TU majoring in forensic psychology. She said she hopes to one day work as a victim’s advocate.

“It is my main reason for joining L.O.V.E.,” she said.

“I also believe that victims on a college campus tend to feel as if they have no where to go and that they have no options, so having an organization like this on a college campus is extremely beneficial for all,” McClintock added “People can learn how to work with victims, and victims can learn about all of the resources and options available to them.”

McClintock said she plans to attend TU to pursue her master’s degree in forensic psychology.

“I hope to gain a lot of the skills and knowledge that I can apply to my career in victim advocacy in the future,” McClintock said. “Because we plan to have a lot of training sessions in areas such as crisis intervention, I can use these skills in my career and it will provide me with a lot of knowledge and experience that I cannot get in a classroom setting, which is important for college students. I hope to use these skills to help those I work with in my career to overcome what has happened to them.”

In January, participating students will be able to work with Seneca County’s Victim Assistance Program on training in areas such as crisis intervention, teen dating violence and victim and offender contact after a relationship has ended.

Nicholas Benjamin, a sophomore forensic psychology major at TU, also believes in having an organization like L.O.V.E. at Tiffin.

“This organization was necessary for a college campus. I envisioned a lot of great things to come and I could not pass up the opportunity,” said Benjamin, who also wishes to become a victim advocate after graduation.

“I hope to really understand what it is like to be a victim advocate,” he said. “I also believe this organization can help me learn a lot about myself. I hope to gain a greater sense of empathy and understanding.”

Benjamin said it isn’t all about what he gets out of the organization, but what others get out of the organization in terms of victim awareness on TU’s campus.

“By implementing an organization such as L.O.V.E., Tiffin University has been able to put this population on the forefront, shedding light on the effects of such issues impacting campuses nationwide,” Hurd said.

Hurd said that they are planning on a blanket drive for Christmas and a “Relay-for-Life like” event in April.