Sexual Assault Response

Sexual assault is a widespread and systemic issues on all college campuses, including Georgia Tech.  Being informed is empowering and enables you to be a resource to friends and colleagues. We can all be a part of the solution.

We are proud to partner with VOICE, Georgia Tech’s sexual assault prevention and response initiative in the Office of Health Initiatives.  This is a campus-wide initiative founded on the premise that everyone has the right to live and learn at Georgia Tech, free of violence or the threat of violence. This initiative seeks to create a campus culture that promotes respect, communication, and equity among the Georgia Tech community.  Here are some useful links in case of any incidence of sexual violence.

 

What to Do If You Have Been Assaulted

Remember you are not alone and that it's not your fault. Recognize that healing from sexual violence takes time. Give yourself the time you need. Know that it's never too late to call or seek help.  Please visit the link above for important information about survivor support.

Consider seeking support from a counselor or advocate

If you have experienced sexual violence you can come to the Georgia Tech Counseling Center and meet with a Counselor immediately.  Survivors need only discreetly identify the nature of their crisis to front desk staff to expedite meeting with a Triage Counselor as soon as possible.  Survivors are provided with follow-up consultations while determining how they want to proceed with their recovery. 

Journey in Healing is a therapeutic support group run in the Georgia Tech Counseling Center open to female-identified Georgia Tech undergraduate and graduate students who have been victims of sexual assault or relationship violence during their teen/adult years. This group offers support, psychoeducation, and collective empowerment.  Weekly topics are chosen by the participants and related to the reestablishment of safety, recovery, healing, coping, and self-care.  The focus of the group is to provide safety, connection, education, support, and model relationship building.  The group runs on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  Please contact Drew Adelman at drew.adelman@gatech.edu  for more information.

You may call or meet with a Victim-Survivor Advocate in Health Initiatives for assistance and resources, including 24/7 support and response in crisis (404-385-4464 or 404-385-4451). You may also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, for free and confidential counseling 24 hours a day (1-800-656-4673).

 

Sexual Violence Resources

If you have experienced sexual violence, you are not alone. Many Georgia Tech offices are here to help. Follow the link above to resource information and printable resource guides for students, faculty, and staff.

Reporting Sexual Violence

At Georgia Tech, we encourage all students to report sexual violence, but it is important to know that survivors are not required to report and can receive supportive services and information about their rights and accommodations without reporting. Assistance is available to help students determine the best reporting option. If you have additional questions about reporting options, or would like more specific information prior to filing a report, please contact one of the Victim-Survivor Advocates in Health Initiatives. Their contact information can be found here

If a student wishes to report sexual violence they have several options.

To file a confidential report, contact any of the following offices:

  • Health Initiatives
  • The Women’s Resource Center
  • The Counseling Center
  • Women's Health or any other clinician in Stamps Health Services

To file a report for a violation of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy, contact the Title IX Coordinator.  Please note that Title IX staff are not confidential university representatives. For more information about definitions of sexual violence and reporting procedures, you can also refer to the Georgia Tech Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and review How to Help a Victim- Survivor

To file a criminal report, contact the Georgia Tech Police Department.

 

What Can You Do to Prevent Sexual Violence
  • Educate Yourself

Learn more about sexual violence and its effects on the campus community, your peers, and your relationships. Attend trainings, workshops, discussions, seminars, and other events to increase your awareness and knowledge about this issue. 

  • Make a Personal Commitment

Choose to pursue relationships based on mutual respect and consent. Practice non-violence in your personal life.

  • Be a Model

Contribute to a climate of safety and respect simply through your words and actions. Be aware of stereotypes and analyze the messages you receive from society, the media, your peers, and other places.

  • Challenge Others

Firmly but constructively challenge language, behaviors and visual images that promote violence or disrespect. This may require you to step out of your comfort zone, but it is a positive step towards changing campus culture.

  • Help a Friend

Be there when someone needs you. Seek out information to better understand what survivors of sexual violence experience – and the resources and reporting options available to them. In 2 out of 3 incidents of sexual violence, the survivor tells someone, usually a friend. You could be that friend.

  • Get Involved

Invite and support programs and events on campus that address the problem. There are several places you can get involved as a student, staff, or faculty member. Check out our page on How to Get Involved to learn more about what these options are!

For more information on how you can get involved in preventing sexism and gender violence, check out the VOICE page on Prevention and ways to Get Involved.