Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Our Vision & Philosophy

SAPAC promotes social change and activism on two levels: through the professional services we provide to the University of Michigan community, and through student leadership development wherein students help students as peers.  We believe that women and men must work together to eradicate sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence and that this necessitates activism in many areas, including education, advocacy, crisis-intervention, safety-building, bystander intervention, and policy development. 

SAPAC's Holly Rider-Milkovich Speaks on Trigger Warnings

The Georgetown University Law Center hosted a day-long conference on sexual assaults on college campuses. This portion included a panel discussion with sexual assault prevention experts from the University of Michigan and Montclair State University who outlined their research findings on the use of content notices or “trigger warnings” to alert students of potentially disturbing academic material. In addition, University of Oregon law professor John Bonine discussed the benefits and risks of reporting sexual assaults on college campuses.

Resources for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Survivors

The Body and Trauma
  • In situations of trauma the neocortex (or"thinking brain") shuts down and problem-solving abilities are harder to access.
  • Survivors often blame themselves for not acting or avoiding the situation, when sometimes what is happening in the brain during a traumatic event will not allow them to fight back.
  • The functioning of the brain during and after trauma may cause survivors to experience flashbacks unexpectedly.


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Contact Us

Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

24-hour Crisis Line:
(734) 936-3333

Office Phone:
(734) 764-7771


Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Room 1551
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308


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