Emergency Contact

For non-advocacy related questions, please contact the office via email at respect@emory.edu.

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 coordination of care and academic advocacy coordination.

Online Harassment Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions


If you are interested in connecting with community resources that can assist survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, and stalking, please check out the following resources:

If you are interested in connecting with different national and international resources that can assist survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, also known as domestic violence, and stalking, please check out the following resources: 

First and foremost, please know that what happened to you is not your fault, and you did not deserve to be assaulted. Please know that you did what felt right for you to do at the time that you were assaulted. Also, please know that you have lots of options for support and next steps depending on what feels right for you. Sometimes it may be helpful to reach out to a resource who can help explain next steps based on your situation and concerns. Below are some options for you to consider.

  • Go to a place that feels comfortable and private for you to be able to speak freely if you are connecting with a resource via phone or virtually.

  • Try not to bathe, douche, or change clothing immediately after the assault. Also, preserve any physical evidence that you may such as bedding, items that your offender may have touched or drank from, condoms, etc. If you are worried that items will be disturbed, place any physical evidence that exists in a plastic trash bag/Ziploc bag for safe keeping.

  • Contact the Office of Respect Hotline to speak to the on-call advocate to answer any questions that you may have. The advocate can also help get you connected to medical resources and police if you need assistance.

  • Consider getting a forensic exam performed to collect physical evidence from the assault. Even if you are not sure that you want to move forward with a criminal investigation, having the evidence collected shortly after the assault may help the Police investigate your case if you choose to go forward at another time. Consider getting medical follow-up for possible transmission of STI’s and pregnancy.

  •  Schedule a follow-up appointment with an advocate in the Office of Respect to discuss your rights, options, and support resources that are available to you. You can do this by calling the Office of Respect Hotline at 470-270-5360.

Please speak to an advocate to learn more about how advocacy services can be customized to fit your needs. Examples of advocacy include: 

  • Free and Confidential Advocacy Based Support. An advocate is available to provide non mental health related support around intimate partner violence 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The advocate will help you to understand your options and identify potential barriers for accessing resources, assist you in creating plans that best support your needs for safety, and provide a space of validation and acknowledgement regarding what you have experienced. 

  • Coordination of Care & Referral Services. Our advocates can support and accompany you as you navigate the different system/entities such as hospitals and medical providers (for example, if you would like to obtain a sexual assault forensic exam), law enforcement, courts, and the Title IX adjudication process. We can also help connect you with additional resources for emotional, mental health, medical, and legal support if needed.

  • Legal: Consultation on criteria and the process for obtaining a Temporary Protective Order (TPO). Coordination of care in obtaining the order from the appropriate court jurisdiction.

  • Medical : Coordination of care around forensic exam collection appointments, connection to follow-up medical and mental health care services.

  • Academic: Physical or virtual accompaniment to appointments with faculty/staff for support, assistance with articulating and recognizing the impact of trauma as it relates to challenges faced as the student completes their studies, and referrals to academic offices to best assist with needs for additional support.

A sexual assault forensic exam affords the opportunity to collect any DNA and other evidence that may have been left by the offender. The exam will most likely begin with the examiner obtaining a complete and thorough medical history from the victim. The medical forensic exam also involves a head to toe physical examination, which includes the genital area. This may also include:

  • Collection of blood, urine and hair samples.
  • Photo documentation.
  • Collection of the victim’s clothing, especially undergarments.
  • Collection of any possible physical evidence that may have transferred onto the victim from the rape scene.

Once the examination is completed and all specimens are collected, they are carefully packaged and stored to assure that they are not contaminated. They are maintained under chain of custody until further action is taken. A sexual assault forensic exam must be done within 120 hours of the assault.

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault contains a list of locations that offer sexual assault forensic examsVictims of sexual assault in the State of Georgia may request, at no cost to the victim, a forensic medical examination for sexual assault, regardless of whether the victim participates in the criminal justice system or cooperates with law enforcement in pursuing prosecution of the underlying crime. For more information, refer to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

The Office of Respect and the Office of Title IX are separate offices, both of whom work with students impacted by sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence (IPV). The Office of Respect provides education and prevention (e.g., bystander training) for all Emory students, as well as confidential advocacy services for survivors. By contrast, the Title IX department, which is part of the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, functions to support a federal mandate that protects students attending higher education institutions from gender discrimination, including sexual harassment. The Title IX staff investigate complaints on behalf of the university and provide education on the Sexual Misconduct Policy 8.2, how to report to the institution if you have been impacted by IPV, and options regarding seeking administrative action to investigate reports of misconduct. For more information on the Title IX at Emory, please visit their website. These two offices often collaborate in providing education to the community on the services they offer.

The Office of Respect provides general support and advocacy to survivors and persons who have been directly and indirectly impacted by IPV. If the survivor identifies that they need more intensive and ongoing support, the advocate will connect the survivor to one of the following campus resources.

This answer can depend on who is notified of the assault/violence first and if others are at risk for being harmed.  Most university employees are mandated reporters for Title IX cases, so will need to make a report to that office regarding any incidents of sexual misconduct that you share with them.  If you desire for your name and circumstances to be confidential, you can choose to talk to specific resources at Emory or in the community.  While the offices below are confidential, there are some limitations to confidentiality that exist, such as if you or someone else is at risk for imminent harm.  If you have questions about the confidentiality/reporting obligation of the resource, please ask them before you share your story with them.

Campus Confidential Offices

Community

As a survivor, you have the right to not disclose what you have experienced.  If you are contacted by any Emory office or resource, you can let the person know that you are not interested in receiving assistance, or you can choose not to respond to their contact attempts.

If you are needing medical follow-up regarding sexual violence, or injury resulting from physical abuse, the advocate can help connect you to the following campus or community resources:

An advocate from the Office of Respect can meet with you to determine what resources and options are best for you to consider given what you have experienced, and what resolution you are interested in pursuing. A survivor can choose any combination of reporting options below, in any order, individually or simultaneously, or may choose not to report and seek supportive resources only. We encourage the survivor to pursue the option that best fits their needs.

Criminal: A survivor has the right to seek police involvement and a criminal investigation if they have been a victim of a crime,(sexual assault/rape, domestic violence, stalking). 

Administrative: If you are interested in having Emory investigate your report of IVP, and the person/s is also a member of the Emory community, you may consider filing a report with the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion’s Title IX office.

If needed, a Respect advocate can accompany a survivor through the Title IX process. Our Respect advocates can also work with the Title IX office to request academic leniency for a survivor who has experienced some form of violence. Learn more information about the Title IX office.

Civil: A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) can be pursued if eligible criteria is met by standards set for by the court.  A TPO is a legal document issued by a court (Clerk of Superior Court of DeKalb County) to help victims obtain protection from persons abusing, harassing, or stalking them. A TPO will generally prohibit contact between parties and may remove or restrict someone from a certain place or residence.  If needed, a Respect advocate can accompany/coordinate assistance with getting a survivor connected to the court to obtain the TPO, and answer questions about the process. 

Interim Measures from the Office of Title IX:  A survivor may request a no-contact order from the Office of Title IX.  The student is not required to pursue or to participate in a formal investigation to receive interim measures from the office.

The Office of Respect does not provide direct advocacy to faculty/staff or community members.  The office works in collaboration with the Faculty Staff Assistance Program to provide overall support via consultation with the staff from that office.  If you are a staff person, and you have general questions regarding assistance, please feel free to reach out to someone from the office who can get you connected to the most appropriate resource.

The best way to get scheduled to meet with an advocate is by calling the Office of Respect Hotline, 470-270-5360 and let the person know that you would like to be scheduled to meet with an advocate. The caller will gather some contact information from you and pass your information to Shana Ware, the lead advocate. Shana will then reach out to you to schedule an appointment. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:00 am – 4:30pm. Appointments will occur via zoom or phone call at this time.