Contact & Hours of Operation


COVID-19 Statement: The Office of Respect remains open. Although our staff are working remotely, we remain available for consultation and meetings via zoom or by phone.

Mission

The Office of Respect is a 24-hour support resource that helps Emory students impacted by interpersonal violence. We have advocates available to offer support and help you learn more about your options and rights; assist with safety planning; provide legal and medical accompaniment; and/or offer academic assistance.  We also aim to reduce the incidents of sexual assault and interpersonal violence through preventative work, bystander trainings, and support of peer networks. 

Philosophy

We End Violence by Ending Oppression.

Interpersonal violence, regardless if it is one instance or years of abuse, involves a perpetrator establishing control over the survivor by relying on systems of oppression.  However, sexual assault and relationship violence can be perpetrated against anyone regardless of her/his/hir gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, country of origin, or education level. Sexual assault and relationship violence are pervasive public health problems, but they are not inevitable.

We define sexual violence as any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent and/or obtained through the use of force, threat of force, intimidation, or coercion.  Relationship violence is a pattern of behavior used by a perpetrator to gain and maintain power over their intimate partner/s. This may include physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, sexual, verbal, psychological, and/or economic abuse.  Relationship violence is sometimes referred to as dating violence or intimate partner violence (IPV). Abusive or violent acts can also be considered relationship violence if they occur between people who were previously dating, in a relationship, or engaging in sexual activity with each other.

Respect values survivors’ safety by empowering them and reinforcing their autonomy and self-determination.

Why do we say “survivor?”  We often hear various terms used to describe a person who has experienced sexual assault. Among them are “victim” and “survivor.” While people who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence are victims, they are also in a constant state of “surviving” the experience. The idea of survival carries within its definition the ongoing fight to live or “survive” a traumatizing experience, a process that includes dealing with a multitude of feelings and health consequences. Furthermore, a survivor will also have to cope with living in a society in which victim blaming is rampant. In light of these circumstances, we refer to anyone coping with the aftermath of sexual assault or who has survived or is surviving an abusive relationship a “survivor.”

If you contact or come to the Office of Respect's Survivor Advocate, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, or ordained ministers serving in a pastoral counselor function, your contact with any of these areas will be kept confidential in all but the most extreme circumstances in which breaking confidentiality is required by law. Those "extreme circumstances" would include if you or someone else is at risk of imminent harm or if you are a minor or disclose that a minor is experiencing abuse. Our Survivor Advocate will not reveal to anyone that you spoke to us or came in for help unless you specifically request that we do so or ask us in order to advocate for you and provide support.  

Conversations that take place outside of these relationships with advocates, licensed or pastoral mental health professionals, or healthcare providers, such as with Campus Life, Equal Opportunity Programs, professors, or deans will be kept private but not confidential. Other personnel and student staff in the Office of Respect may be required to file an anonymous report. Any information about an incident of sexual misconduct will need to be shared with the Title IX Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinators are university officials who work to maintain an environment free from sexual violence. One of these coordinators will offer to meet with you to make sure your needs are being met and to determine how Emory will respond to this incident. Your wishes are central to shaping the Title IX Coordinators’ response, but doing nothing at all might not be an option. Any risks to the community will be taken into account. Examples might include if there are multiple reports from the same perpetrator on record or if a deadly weapon was used.

For more information on private and confidential resources go to http://sexualmisconductresources.emory.edu