If you’ve seen infographics about sexual misconduct at Duke on your Instagram feed, you’ve likely seen the work of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Initiative. However, the group’s social media presence is part of a larger goal.
SHAPE was initially developed within the Duke Student Government campus life committee by seniors Eden Schumer and Jake Jeffries in the 2018-19 academic year. It grew into an awareness campaign the following year and is now a fully fledged organization that aims to eradicate sexual violence on Duke’s campus. As of October 2020, the organization had 30 members divided between three areas: prevention, education and response.
“We were energized by the idea of a student group on campus solely devoted to this work since one with this mission did not already publicly exist or have the platform we sought to achieve, and found comfort in building a safe, far-reaching community for survivors and allies that was by and for students,” SHAPE executive directors wrote in a joint statement.
Before SHAPE, there was Duke Students Against Gender Violence, a coalition of student groups and campus affiliates ranging from Women’s Center Gender Violence Prevention interns to the Interfraternity Council Sexual Assault Prevention Team. However, the coalition lost its formal DSG recognition in fall 2019 after being recognized a…