Last night in a Darnall common room, Sexual Assault Peer Educators lead a discussion on sexual assault at Georgetown as well as beyond the Hilltop. The talk introduced freshmen to SAPE and their efforts to inform the student-body on a difficult and pervasive issue, which recently has received more attention on campus.
The two-night event was titled “Hoyas Helping Hoyas: Building Community to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault. GUSA Secretary of Student Safety and Health.” Nora West (SFS ’15) was one of two SAPE representatives present. She began with Georgetown’s statistics: one in four women and one in 33 men report being sexually assaulted by the end of their college career. These statistics mirror the national average.
“People like to think Georgetown is different, because we’re smart or we don’t have frats, but we’re not. We are not, in fact, a city on a hill. We do match the national average,” said West.
Christina McGrath (COL ’15), the other SAPE representative present, addressed public consciousness and media attitude. In a group exercise, attendees wrote commonly asserted methods for prevention of sexual assault for women and men on separate sheets of paper. The result was one very long list and one very short list.