EPC asked major campus groups and individuals to reflect and respond to the phenomenon of sexual assault at Emory. Below, you will find the responses we received and insight into our campus culture:
Emory’s commitment to a culture of inclusiveness is a core value. An inclusive community is one that respects the dignity and worth of each of our members. It is one that actively welcomes the voices, perspectives, and contributions of each person, recognizing that our very differences serve to make us stronger. At Emory, each person enjoys the fundamental right to work and learn in a safe environment. This approach leaves no room for violence of any sort, especially sexual or physical violence, on any of our campuses. As president of Emory, I pledge to do all I can to ensure that Emory continues to embrace inclusivity and creates a safe and supportive community for all people.
President Claire E. Sterk
Dear Community Members:
A safe and caring living-learning environment free from all forms of sexual violence is a top priority for Emory University – and it requires the engagement of our entire community. We all share responsibility for our individual and collective safety, and must work together to raise awareness of sexual violence and encourage reporting of sexual misconduct.
Sexual violence is an urgent public health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five women experiences sexual assault during her college years; one in 71 men experiences the same.
At Emory, we take every report of sexual misconduct seriously. Survivors of sexual violence in our university community have rights and access to confidential counseling and advocacy support services through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Student Intervention Services (SIS) in the Office of Student Success Programs and Services.
In addition, the student-centered RESPECT Program engages our university community to prevent and respond to sexual assault and relationship violence. This program also advises the campus’s leading student-led initiatives on this topic. The Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) raises awareness about sexual violence through rallies, speak-outs, workshops, panels, and other events. In addition, Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) has trained approximately 2,000 Emory students on how to assist survivors of sexual violence.
We commend the Emory Panhellenic Council for its commitment to addressing this critical issue. Through your actions, you demonstrate that each of us has a role to play in eliminating sexual misconduct in all forms. Thank you for your commitment to cultivating a safe and supportive environment for us all.
Ajay Nair, PhD
The Emory Interfraternity Council recognizes that sexual assault is a despicably prevalent issue in fraternity communities nationwide. As such, the Interfraternity Council and our member- chapters continuously work to develop a culture that promotes both women’s and men’s safety on Eagle Row.
We believe that educating our community is crucial to preventing sexual assault. Our executive council works closely with the Respect Program (Office of Health Promotion) to plan educational programs to combat sexual assault as well as hazing on campus. To further reinforce our unyielding position against sexual violence, the Interfraternity Council has recently supported and planned programs as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW).
Our member-chapters individually advance the Interfraternity Council’s stance against sexual violence as well. Eight of our twelve chapters include Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA) training as part of their new member process. SAPA training gives individuals the skills to empower and support survivors.
To promote a safe social environment on the Row, many of our chapters receive Active Bystander Skills training (ABS). ABS training equips fraternity men with tactics to protect individuals from sexual assault in various social situations.
Through broad council initiatives and our member-chapters’ respective efforts, the Interfraternity Council stands committed to preventing sexual violence on campus.
President I Interfraternity Council