Center for Women and Returning Adults

Sexual Violence Prevention Program

The Sexual Assault Prevention Project (SAPP) is a student lead program creating a culture of consent on campus at Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW). Our goal is to foster a campus climate in which sexual violence of any kind, directed at any member of the PFW community, will not be tolerated.

Overall, sexual assault is the most under-reported of all crimes:

  • Approximately one out of three women have survived sexual assault and one out of six women have survived rape.
  • Nine out of ten survivors of rape are women.
  • Seven out of ten survivors knew their perpetrator before the assault.
  • Only 20% or less of women student sexual assault survivors, age 18-24, report to law enforcement.
  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.
  • 94% of rape survivors show signs of PTSD.

For more statistics please visit the Bureau of Justice Statistics:

Research shows that programs which successfully combat sexual violence have grown away from the traditional model that holds women responsible for curbing sexual violence by altering their behavior. Progressive sexual violence prevention programs enlist all students – of all genders – in positively changing the campus climate by creating a safe place for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, class, or ability.

Toward that end, SAPP is launching the One Love Campaign, designed to help students, faculty and staff know the warning signs of relationship abuse, learn bystander intervention, and feel equipped to seek any additional support needed. Everyone plays a vital role in the campus community. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.