Student Life: Health and Wellness

Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Advocacy

At Spelman, we believe that every woman has the right to be healthy and safe and that our community should be characterized by mutual trust and respect among all members. Although the Spelman community is a relatively safe one, our community members are not immune to issues of sexual assault and violence. The National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics provide a pretty startling picture with regards to sexual assault.

  • Every two and a half minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.
  • One in six U.S. women has been the victim of sexual assault.
  • Approximately 44% of rape victims are under 18 years of age.
  • Approximately 80% of rape victims are under 30 years of age.
  • The majority of rapes are committed by someone whom the victim knows. In a 2001 study of college women who had been victims of sexual assault, nearly 90% of victims knew the offender, who was usually a classmate, boyfriend, friend, ex-boyfriend or acquaintance.
  • More than half of all sexual assaults go unreported.

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing resources to promote sexual assault awareness and prevention and to provide support to students who have experienced sexual assault.

Throughout the year, the Division sponsors a number of educational workshops and programs designed to raise awareness about sexual assault. The Division strives to implement policies and practices that support our students.

We strongly encourage students who have been sexually victimized to report the assault, to seek medical and counseling assistance, and to pursue police/criminal justice action for their own protection and that of the entire campus community.

Answers to Sexual Assault Questions