Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

A Social Ecological Model:a framework for prevention

University of Michigan Programs & Initiatives to Address Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Harassment Prevention

The following is a list of programs and initiatives that the University of Michigan is spearheading to prevent sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on the individual, relationship, community, and societal levels.

(The above photo is the CDC's Social-Ecological Model.  Read more about The Social-Ecological Model from the CDC wesite here The Social-Ecological Model: A Framework for Prevention and here The Social-Ecological Model: A Framework for Violence Prevention )

Individual

  • First-year workshop in all residence halls every fall reaching approximately 6,000 students that focuses on healthy relationship promotion.
  • Workshops on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment offered for any student group throughout the year including fraternities and sororities, student groups, classrooms, and co-ops.
  • Workshops offered by the Men’s Activism program on redefining masculinity, cultural norms that perpetuate sexual and intimate partner violence, and bystander intervention.
  • Sexual Assault Edu online tutorial required for all first-year students prior to arrival at UM’s campus that addresses sexual assault and alcohol-related issues. 
  • Men’s Activism Program discussion series on men’s role in the movement, masculinity, and culture change.

Relationship

  • Freshman orientation theater skit for all first-year students about sexual and intimate partner violence that addresses societal myths, bystander intervention, and men’s role in the movement.
  • Bystander intervention skills training program to be offered through DSA Student Life.
  • Ally training program offered twice a year where students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a 6-hour training program to become allies and supporters of the movement.
  • Parent orientation every summer (Sundays through Wednesdays) in which SAPAC conducts a presentation on SAPAC services, sexual assault and intimate partner violence, healthy relationship promotion, how to support survivors, and suggestions for parents on speaking with their student about these topics. 
  • 30-hour volunteer training program every winter that covers the following topics:  sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, systems of oppression, activism, confidentiality, how to support survivors, primary prevention principles, and much more.
  • Men’s Activism Program discussion series on men’s role in the movement, masculinity, and culture change.

Community

  • Freshman orientation theater skit about sexual and intimate partner violence that addresses societal myths, bystander intervention, and men’s role in the movement.
  • Peer education workshops on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment throughout the campus community.
  • Appeals board training.
  • Collaborated with multiple campus departments to revise Title IX guidelines and implement the new student Sexual Misconduct Policy.
  • Partnering with Wolverine Wellness to create a sexual assault protocol within their department.
  • SAPAC’s Networking, Publicity, and Activism Program (NPA) brings in speakers every year to address issues related to SA, IPV, stalking, men’s role in the movement, culture change, sexism, and other topics.
  • NPA program organizes a campus-wide art show each year called Revolution: Making Art for Change.
  • NPA program organizes Survivor Speak Out, Clothesline Project, and Sexism in Advertising Campaign each year.
  • Men’s Activism Program discussion series on men’s role in the movement, masculinity, and culture change.
  • Sexual Assault Response Team policy and protocol work that involves collaboration with SafeHouse Center, Department of Public Safety, Ann Arbor Police Department, Pittsfield Police Department, Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, Washtenaw Child Advocacy Center, Dean of Students Office, and others. 
  • Training for law enforcement on effective response.
  • Training and technical assistance for community partners such as Ozone House on crisis response.
  • Training for hall directors, resident advisors, community center managers, on sexual assault protocol and effective response.
  • Collaboration on the Abuse Hurts Initiative, a cross-campus collaboration promoting prevention of and effective response to domestic or intimate partner and sexual violence affecting members of the University community.

Societal

  • Partnering with campus and local law enforcement for continuing education on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
  • Regular expert technical assistance to colleges and universities nationwide on crisis intervention, advocacy, policy and protocols, education and training, and other areas.
  • Active participation in Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV).