DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Police are investigating after a woman at Emory University says she was raped at a fraternity house on Halloween night.
Emory police say it happened at Sigma Alpha Epsilon on Eagle row on campus.
Students on Emory’s Interfraternity Council suspended all social activities in fraternity houses in response to the latest assault.
“I am very sad, but actually not surprised. I feel like in college, the rape culture, it tragic, but it something you come to expect,” said Savannah Gross, a junior at Emory.
According to reports made by Emory to the U.S. Department of Education, in 2012 and 2013, Emory University reported 47 sexual assaults – that is more sexual assaults than both University of Georgia and Georgia Tech combined at 39.
Emory University is on a list of 86 colleges and universities that is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for potential violations over the handling of sexual violence cases.
A spokesperson for Emory says they are cooperating fully with the Title IX investigation, saying “this compliance review, which has been pending since December 2013, was not initiated in response to any complaint, but rather, is part of the agency’s Title IX compliance and enforcement function.”
“I would say no, the fact that it’s occurred at all, some need is not being met,” said Gross, in response to whether Emory needs to do more.
“Emory's efforts to build a safe and supportive environment on our campus are helping students who have been affected by sexual violence to come forward to get the help and support they need. While Emory did see a slight decrease in reported forcible sex offences in 2013, eradicating sexual violence remains a top priority that will continue to take time and resources until we truly see significant change on our campus,” said a spokesperson for Emory University in a statement.
“I feel like it’s (the numbers are high) because students are comfortable and going to other people and telling them what happened, we have a good support system,” Paula Deroseney, a student, said.
"Emory University works proactively to build a safe, inclusive community based on principles of mutual respect and social justice for all members. Sexual violence is not tolerated on our campus, and the university takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously. Emory devotes multiple resources to students, faculty and staff for outreach, support, reporting, prevention strategies and advocacy. In response to the recent incident and other past reports of sexual assaults in fraternity houses, all social events in fraternity houses are suspended until a comprehensive plan is developed to ensure the safety of our community members,” said Ajay Nair, senior vice president and dean of campus life.
The university says it’s dedicated many resources to combating the issue, including the Respect program, which provides advocacy, coordinates prevention education, and advises students on counseling options; a university-wide network of Title IX coordinators; and more than 2,000 students trained to date who serve as Sexual Assault Peer Advocates to help support affected students.