The mission of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates is to create a supportive campus for sexual assault survivors, or a “survivor supportive campus”. A survivor supportive campus is one where peers are supportive of others when they disclose an assault, and survivors feel empowered to access the resources that they have on campus to facilitate their recovery. SAPA organizes training sessions on what to say, what not to say, and how to help sexual assault survivors so that students can learn how to empower survivors. SAPA also provides direct advocacy services to survivors of sexual violence, organizes continuing education opportunities for advocates, undertakes initiatives to make Emory University an inclusive community for sexual assault survivors, and organizes campus wide awareness events for SAPA’s advocacy services.
SAPA’s vision is to transform Emory University into a truly survivor supportive campus where every student has access to a SAPA advocate. Furthermore, sexual assault survivors at Emory University should have access to all the medical, legal, emotional, and physical resources that they need in order to facilitate their recovery. Emory University should take a strong stance against sexual violence by taking strict, punitive action against sexual assault perpetrators. It should also take into account the wishes of individual survivors when determining sanctions for the perpetrators. As a community, we must not tolerate a single case of sexual violence at Emory University.
SAPA strives to embody the values held by the Emory University community. We embrace the diverse and multicultural student body and have immense respect for the different experiences and perspectives each student and faculty member hold. SAPA’s core values are diversity, collaboration, equality, empowerment, and community.
Video by Caleb Peng (’13).