Frequently Asked Questions


If I confide in an advocate, do I have to report the incident?
No. An advocate is there to listen and support survivors. An advocate can and will help you in pursuing any desired subsequent steps, whether they be counseling, legal services, or the Emory Conduct process. All communications with advocates are kept confidential* and all reports filed within Emory University are done anonymously. The Respect Program can help with reporting options.
* All SAPA advocates submit an anonymous report of any disclosure to Jane Yang, the Director of Outreach at CAPS. A SAPA advocate will break confidentiality if, and only if, the survivor is under 18 years of age or the advocate believes the survivor poses a physical threat to themself or others.

How do I become an advocate?
To become an advocate, you must attend a SAPA 101 Training Session, schedule a followup interview with a SAPA peer facilitator, and attend a CEM. Click here to sign up for a training.

Are all SAPA advocates Emory students?
Yes, all SAPA advocates are Emory students. There are separate advocate groups for faculty members and the graduate divisions of Emory University. Both undergraduates and graduates may attend our training sessions.

Are there non-student Emory affiliates I can contact?
The Emory Student Health and Counseling service provides anonymous, confidential care. For more information, or to schedule an anonymous, confidential counseling session, click here.

What’s the difference between SAPA and ASAP?
The Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) deals largely with the prevention, awareness, and education side of sexual assault at Emory. Sexual Assault Peer Advocates (SAPA) is focused on survivor support, care, and response. The two groups work closely, as they ultimately have similar goals to have a survivor-friendly community that is aware of the effects and consequences of sexual assault.

What is consent?
Consent is defined as a continuous enthusiastic “yes”. This means no hesitation, no “maybe”, no “no” turned into a “yes”, and positive body language cannot be interpreted as a “yes”.

Can men be advocates?
Of course! Men are encouraged and welcomed as advocates. Presently, the number of male advocates is low. We have one “men only” SAPA 101 training per semester, but men are encouraged to attend any session. Click here to sign up for a training.

I would like SAPA to cosponsor an event with my organization. Whom do I contact?
Please contact the Public Relations chair or Events Coordinator.

I want to know more about the sexual misconduct reporting process/Title IX reporting.
For more information on reporting, sexual misconduct, or Title IX,  click here.

How do I get a SAPA tshirt?
College Council regulates the distribution of club uniforms. This means that to receive a SAPA t-shirt, you must be an active member of the club – you have been to a SAPA 101 Training session, completed the follow-up interview, and attended a CEM. Click here to sign up for a training.

If I receive advocate training, is it required to stay active within SAPA?
After the SAPA 101 Training Session, only the followup interview and attendance of one CEM is required to maintain your position as an advocate. However, we strongly encourage weekly attendance of CEMs, as they often contain information to stay up-to-date with survivor care protocol and foster the feeling of community amongst all our amazing advocates. We also appreciate volunteers during Wonderful Wednesdays and any other events we host throughout the year. Click here to see other ways you can become involved in SAPA.