Get Involved

The Respect Program consists of three professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student staff, and interns.  Respect also advises student organizations and initiatives with diverse membership including Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, and Survivor Anthology.

To learn more about becoming a part of the Respect Program, contact a member of the Respect Team!

Respect Program Ally Network (RPAN)

The Respect Program Ally Network  

The mission of the Respect Program Ally Network (RPAN) is to continue the conversation about creating a survivor supportive campus. Contributing to Emory’s efforts to end all forms of interpersonal violence does not have to cease past graduation. RPAN holds appreciation for all students and staff for their contributions, big or small, to making Emory’s campus safer for future Emory community members.  Involvement in the Respect Program, Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention, Take Back The Night, S.A.F.E. Greeks and/or The Survivor Anthology qualifies you as an RPANda.  But even if you weren’t formally a part of any of those groups, the only requirement to be an RPANda is a desire to support survivors at Emory.

The Respect Program Alumni Network is a portal for past members to reconnect with their work on Emory’s Campus and ensure that the legacy they started is not forgotten. RPAN was created with you in mind. All are encouraged to contribute, share, and learn from each other.

How to Stay Involved

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There are numerous opportunities to stay aware and involved in Emory's survivor supportive community and we encourage to join the network and keep an eye out for upcoming events. Any type or amount of participation is valuable and necessary for continuing the movement ending sexual violence on the campus.

Tier 1:  “Red Panda” Status
Join the email list (here) AND join the LinkedIn group  to hear about major events at Emory in which we hope RPANdas will start to have a greater presence. You can also participate in discussions related more to job opportunities and professional networking within the field of SV prevention and response.

Tier 2: “Giant Panda” Status

Join the email list and LinkedIn group (above) AND join the Facebook group to get involved on a weekly basis with ongoing work and projects within the Respect Program. Folks still in Atlanta might be most interested in this option, as we will promote events and volunteer opportunities through here most often.

Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP)

Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) 

ASAP is a graduate & undergraduate student organization committed to addressing strategies for sexual assault prevention through community building, discussion about healthy relationships, education about sexual assault and consent, and the promotion of active bystander strategies.                                                                                                                                               

While ASAP deals with prevention initiatives, our sister organization SAPA (Sexual Assault Peer Advocates) provides education & resources to empower survivors in response to the occurrence of sexual assault. ASAP will host educational events and trainings to further our mission, including the Active Bystander Strategies training which teaches people 1) the definitions of sexual assault & consent, and 2) how to safely respond using active bystander strategies in situations where sexual assault might occur.                                                                     

Their signature events include Take Back the Night Week (Fall) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (Spring). For information on meeting times or to join ASAP, email Michele Passonno at michele.passonno@emory.edu  and find them Facebook.

S.A.F.E. Greeks

S.A.F.E. Greeks

The Sexual Assault Forum to Educate Greeks, or S.A.F.E. Greeks, is a student-led initiative under the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life. Founded in 2015, S.A.F.E. Greeks works with all four of the governing councils in order to educate members of the Greek community about Sexual Assault and how they can be a part of the solution.                                                                                                                                     

The organization also helps to coordinate student trainings with the Respect Program on Active Bystander Skills (ABS) and Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy (SAPA) for chapters throughout the year. S.A.F.E. Greeks continues to work with students as part of the Emory Greek Community’s commitment to prevent sexual assault on the University campus.

Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) Training

Sexual Assault Peer Advocates Training

SAPA offers a myriad of ways to get involved with creating a survivor supportive Emory campus. From weekly meetings to advocate trainings, SAPA is our largest student group and has trained over 3,000 students.

Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) provides training to undergraduate and graduate students about what to say, what not to say, and how to help survivors of sexual assault. SAPA 101 Sessions are free and open to all current Emory students.

Find out when meetings are at sapa.emorylife.org or sign up for a SAPA 101 Session.

Bystander Training: Emory ABS

Bystander Training:  Emory ABS

We all have a responsibility to end sexual violence. The first step in playing a part is learning the skills to becoming an active bystander. If YOU want to help prevent sexual assaults from occurring, become ABS trained! ABS, or Active Bystander Skills, is an interactive training where participants watch videos, discuss ways to prevent sexual violence, and gain the confidence and proficiency needed to intervene when a sexual assault may occur.

To get involved, fill out the form below and select the ways in which you want to help end sexual violence at Emory and make it the safe community that Emory students and staff deserve!

Supporting Survivors

How can you help a friend?

Consider the surroundings:

  • Does the student feel safe right now? Is this area private or confidential? What would help the student feel more comfortable?
  • Does the student want someone else there, a glass of water, or a closed or open door?
  • Make sure to turn your full attention to the student by turning off cell phones and diminishing distractions.

Things you can say:

  • “Thanks for coming to see me or telling me or calling.”
  • “Take your time.”
  • “What is your biggest concern right now?”
  • “What’s on your mind?”
  • “You’re safe here.”
  • “What would help you the most today?”
  • “You have support at Emory.”
  • “No one should have to face something like this alone.”
  • “How are you feeling?”
  • “No one asks to be sexually assaulted or abused.”
  • “You did what you needed to do to make it through.”
  • “Feel free to say whatever is on your mind.”
  • “You’re not burdening me. I’m here to help.”
  • “We don’t have to figure everything out at once. Let’s take it one step at a time.”
  • “I believe you.”
  • Nothing. Be comfortable with some silence and pauses.

Things you can do:

Have an open, welcoming stance.

  • Sit near the student, on the same level; avoid talking through barriers like a desk.

Avoid giving advice.

  • Explore the options with the student rather than telling the student what to do or what should be done. The student is the best expert on the situation, and this can help the student regain a sense of control.

Focus on immediate health and safety issues.

  • It can be overwhelming to consider all of the possibilities at once, so you should start with those immediate concerns.

Write down resources.

  • Give written information and referrals to ensure that the student has the information, as they may be too traumatized to fully remember the conversation. If it’s safe to do so, emailing can also be helpful.

Do not threaten retaliation.

  • Keep the focus on the student who has come to you. Do not threaten violence or other retribution against the perpetrator or focus on what the perpetrator might have been thinking.

Ask permission before touching the student.

  • If you think it would be appropriate to touch or hug the student to provide support, simply ask if it is alright to do so. This might be a challenging time for the student to be touched, regardless of your intent to be comforting.

Minimize future contact with the assailant.

  • Help the student plan for their safety if maintaining contact. Mediation is not an option in situations involving assault or abuse. Do not suggest that the student have future conversations or contact. Respect whatever decision the student makes.

Do not provide medication.

  • Unless you are a medical professional, you should refrain from giving medication or medical advice; instead, encourage the student to seek medical care. If the student is going to go to an emergency room after a recent incident, ask if they have showered, changed clothes, or eaten anything. If not, encourage them to wait until after going to the hospital.

Limit the conversation, but ensure follow-up.

  • Telling their story can be difficult and re-traumatizing, both for students and for you as a support provider. Set a time limit to the conversation and ensure follow-up to avoid having the student re-traumatize themselves by continuing to retell the story, or becoming emotionally drained yourself to the point that you are unable to be supportive.

Take Care of Yourself

  • It can be challenging or emotionally draining to support someone who has experienced something traumatic. Make sure to take care of yourself. We encourage you to contact us at the Respect Program (respect@emory.edu) and we can connect you with National and local professional counseling resources that you can utilize.

Orientation

Haven: Haven is an online learning platform designed to educate students on preventing and responding to interpersonal violence in the Emory community.

Emory University is actively working toward a campus in which no student fears or experiences violence. Haven, an interactive online education platform, is only one part of Emory University’s comprehensive interpersonal violence prevention program. Through it you will learn about preventing and responding to multiple forms of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, harassment, relationship abuse, and stalking in the Emory community. Every incoming transfer, undergraduate at Emory is required to complete this module.

Haven Plus: Every incoming graduate and professional student at Emory is required to complete this module