Hope S.A.V.E.S. (Sexual Assault Victims Empowered 2 Speak) is a 501 (c) 3 where we purposefully empower survivors to speak while powerfully speaking for victims. At the tender age of 13, an intruder entered the sanctity of our founder, Lavinia Masters, bedroom and sexually assaulted her. Mustering the courage to report the assault, she had the extreme displeasure of enduring an invasive and extensive examination that took several hours to complete; only to be told that the remnants of her attacker’s DNA would be processed and submitted to her local police department. Twenty-one years later, she found out that was not the case. Her attacker’s semen remained on the police department shelves without so much as a second look. But not only her rape kit, but hundreds of other sexual assault victims. Because the statute of limitations had expired, she found herself with no legal recourse and thereafter found herself going against the very department that swore to protect her by partnering with Texas State Representative Victoria Neave (D) to pass what’s now known as the Lavinia Masters Act.
Lavinia's also worked alongside the Dallas Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Program, the US Justice Department, and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) as well as served with Senator Wendy Davis (D), Senator John Cornyn (R), former Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins, former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D), State Rep. Ina Minjarez (D) as well as having the honor of serving on the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence w/Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Rep. Annie Kuster, Patrick Meehan, and David Joyce.
She currently serves as a volunteer on the Speaker Bureau with the Rape Abuse & Incest Network (RAINN), as well with the Denton County Friends of the Family Speakers Bureau and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), Congressional Sexual Assault Task Force, Texas Governors Sexual Assault Task Force, TAASA Sexual Assault Advisory Steering Committee and the TRAC Advisory Board w/Texas A&M University.
OVC National Crime Victim's Special Courage Award Recipient, 2020
Real Life Hero Award, Presented by Texas Trailblazers/Family Place, 2019
Points of Light Award, Presented by Points of Light, 2019
TREC Dreamers, Doers & Heroes Award Recipient, 2007
To continuously ignite, trailblaze, influence and move the social meter of legal protections for victims of sexual trauma by partnering with local and state officials to pass legislation that supports and safeguards survivors.
Meet Claudia “Hope” Sanders, the late mother of our founder. Mrs. Sanders was a sexual and domestic violence survivor. Her resiliency in the face of pain and trauma has been deeply rooted in our founder. As a result, she’s taken that beautiful resiliency in hopes of saving other sexual assault survivors.
In the middle of the night a stranger interrupted Lavinia in the middle of her sleep. After being sexually assaulted, Lavinia received a call from DPD regarding her "cold" and unsolved rape case. Read more...
Let Lavinia walk you through the pain of the experience into your new, unintended purpose.
Our faith-based speech empowerment workshops walks you through the attack and into your newfound outspoken purpose so that you can regain your sexual identity, recoup your rights and reclaim the innocence of the sexual purity that was stolen.
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