Rape and Sexual Assault on College Campuses

  • One out of every four college women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault before she graduates.
  • Only a small minority of men (5-8%) are offenders but 2/3’s of perpetrators abuse others over and over again.
  • Sexual violence is caused because someone makes a choice to take power and control away from someone within the context of the “rape culture” we live in.
  • In college alcohol is most often the tool that perpetrators use to take advantage of others.
  • Men are also survivors/victims of sexual violence.
  • Most survivors of sexual violence never tell anyone about their experience. Disclosing an experience of sexual violence takes an enormous amount of courage and strength. Learn how to respond to a survivor here.

Preventing Rape and Sexual Assault

At Elon we believe that disrupting "rape culture" is essential to ending violence. To this end, we educate students about asking for active consent, being an active bystander in situations that are disruptive to Living the Maroon Life, facilitating discussions about gender norms and supporting survivors of violence.

Supporting Survivors of Rape and Sexual Assault

Elon University supports survivors by having multiple opportunities for survivors to talk with professionals confidentially and prioritizing a survivors autonomy and choice. We understand that survivors and victims of violence have had experiences in which their power and control has been taken away from them and that it is empowering for survivors to be able to exert that control over their experiences once again. Survivors can seek confidential support at the following places:

  • Confidential advocate on campus at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O'Kelly Avenue - during the day (336) 278 - 5009
  • SAFEline - 24/7 confidential advocacy phoneline avialable at 336.278.3333
  • Counseling services at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O'Kelly Avenue - during the day (336) 278 - 7280
  • Medical Professionals at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O'Kelly Avenue - during the day (336) 278 - 7230

For survivors or victims of interpersonal violence:

  • Report now
  • Pursue charges (through the university or state)
  • Get medical attention
  • Speak with a confidential staff member

Click here for more information about supporting a friend or loved-one who has disclosed a sexual assault.