Rape

Cases of sexual violence have been reported since the 1980s, but preventive efforts have been taken at Emory since 1977. On November 1, 1977, Emory’s Student Government Association aims at rape prevention. The Student Government Association is an extremely influential group at Emory University. And to see them taking a stand on a major issue in the world really says a lot about Emory’s take on sexual violence. The student representatives in SGA are truly making an effort to prevent problems they might have seen on campus.

Two years later, on October 30, 1979, there is a rape seminar at Emory, which educates students about various prevention methods. The next month, University women are told how to deal with rape and learn how serious it can be and that no place is safe at all. What defines rape has been a confusing matter. “In a very short time we moved from a climate in which rape was widely regarded as rare to one in which rape is regarded as a widespread social problem” [1]. These changing occurrences of rape have been noted and Emory definitely tries to act upon thing and solve problems with various programs.

A couple years later, on October 6, 1981, a speaker comes to Emory who speaks of subliminal seduction. They dissect numerous ads for his audience as he projects each one on screen. This introduces new ways people can be sexual abused. Emory is really trying to take innovative approaches in dealing with sexual violence.

In that same year in 1981, Emory’s Training Center and Hospital Education Services co-sponsored an hour long self-defense program. They hope this program will change the national attitude toward crime from one of fear to one of rational assessment. Emory’s policy on sexual harassment states that all employees should be able to enjoy a work and educational environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, including sexual harassment.

Seminars continue at Emory University, which teaches students again how to recognize and deal with sexual harassment. There have even been plays have explore rape and had an enormous impact on viewers.

In 1995, there is a Sexual Assault Policy where Emory conducts various educational programs to make both students and employees aware of and to attempt to prevent rape, acquaintance rape and other forcible and nonforcible sex offenses. They begin to implement certain programs including Safety and Security Programs during Freshmen Orientation, Sexual Assault program conducted throughout the year, Self-Defense and Assault Avoidance for Women.
In 2002, the Members of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) review Emory’s sexual harassment information and offer future student programs focusing on sexual harassment and violence at Emory.
Emory has taken many efforts in preventing rape by spreading awareness in programs and lectures. The only way rape can be prevented and dealt with is with education. I am glad to see Emory facing the problem and trying to solve it rather than just ignore the facts.
[1] “I Wasn’t Raped, but…”: Revisiting Definitional Problems in Sexual Victimization by Nicola Gavey

2 thoughts on “Rape

  1. Chedda: This is your 11th blog post. Did you intend it as a blog post or is it actually your Dipity timeline entries? Please advise.

  2. Chedda: Please disregard my last comment, I know see that this is your last blog. Great job bringing together a lot of really interesting historical information about how Emory approached the issue of sexual assault on campus. It seems like there was a flurry of activity in the late 70’s and early 80’s and I wonder if something specific to Emory spurred that or if it was in response to a larger national context. Do you know?

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