When I got the email from Nancy Seideman earlier today, I was shaken. The Emory that I want to attend is not a place where sexual violence occurs. This should not be an aspirational vision–it should be reality. I will not stop working until every member of our community understands that committing acts of sexual violence, intolerance, and other behaviors like them are unacceptable.
I invite everyone to join me in wearing red tomorrow to show support for survivors of sexual assault. Red is powerful and empowering. Red is eye catching. Red shows our intentionality in supporting survivors. But red is also violent. And rape is a violent crime. For all of these reasons, I am wearing red tomorrow.
Survivors of sexual assault did not ask to be sexually assaulted. No one ever asks to be sexually assaulted. A sexual assault is a violent, intentional act that utilizes sex or sexual acts as a tool for power and control. It is not the fault of the survivor or the result of their actions.
This Wonderful Wednesday, Student Government, Feminists in Action, and Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) will have a booth where people can record videos explaining why and how they support survivors. If you would like to learn more about how you can take personal responsibility for transforming our community, visit http://itsonus.org/. SAPA advocates will be on hand to offer support for anyone who needs it.
The Student Government Association Executive Board fully supports the actions taken by the InterFraternity Council and will continue to support them throughout their reevaluation process. I also encourage you to attend a SAPA Training to learn more about sexual assault and equip yourself with tools to support your friends who may have been triggered or are themselves survivors of sexual assault.
Upcoming SAPA Trainings
Wednesday, Nov. 5th 7-9pm (DUC Trustee Room)
Monday, Nov. 17th 6-8pm (DUC Alumni Room)
If you need someone to talk to, you can find a list of SAPA Advocates here:
The following has been reprinted from Dean Nair’s University-wide email:
If you experience and/or witness an act of bias involving students, please report it as outlined in Emory’s Bias Incident Reporting process. James Francois, Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, and Scott Rausch, Director of the Office of Residence Life, lead the Bias Incident Response Team, a group of university administrators who will enact the response protocol.
If you are a student or you know a student who has been affected by sexual or relationship violence, harassment, or stalking, we want you to receive the help and support you need. Free and confidential support is available to students by calling the Counseling and Psychological Services at 404.727.7450. Additional support resources can be found for yourself or others by visiting Emory’s sexual misconduct resources. We encourage students interested in working to end sexual and relationship violence to contact the Respect Program at email@example.com or contact Drew Rizzo, Assistant Director of Health Promotion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.