(734)764-7771 SAPAC Office Line
(734) 936-3333 24-Hour Crisis LineMichigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308
Programs and Services
-For the UM Community
-Intimate Partner Violence
How to Support a Survivor
All information on this page is the same as the SAPAC Brochure.
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The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center promotes healthy relationships, teaches non-violence and equality, supports survivor healing, and fosters a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Michigan community. SAPAC provides educational and supportive services for the University of Michigan community related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. We are committed to fulfilling this mission in a culturally-sensitive, empowering, and empathic way to University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff. We serve all racial, ethnic, religious, class backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender and social identities.Our Values
SAPAC works towards a campus free of violence. We promote equality and respect for all members of our community through our commitment to primary prevention.
SAPAC recognizes that survivors are experts in their own lives. We strive to create a supportive and safe environment, empowering survivors with the knowledge to make their own decisions.
SAPAC encourages our campus community to challenge all forms of oppression, celebrate diversity, and promote cultural humility while increasing awareness of the intersectionality of discrimination.
SAPAC fosters student growth and leadership through collaboration and partnerships, engaging students in every level of our work.
SAPAC provides quality comprehensive education and services through evidence-based best practices, continually assessing and evaluating the needs of survivors and the campus community.Volunteer Opportunities
The SAPAC volunteer training program is a 30-hour, intensive training that provides in-depth information on issues related to sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Training is a requirement to volunteer with the following programs:
Networking, Publicity, and Activism (NPA) Program
NPA volunteers organize a wide range of activities including publicity, research, public awareness campaigns, and event organizing. Annual events include "Speak Out", and "rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change" art exhibition.
Peer Education (PE) Program
PE volunteers facilitate interactive workshops for the University of Michigan student community on healthy relationships and primary prevention of sexual violence.
Bystander Intervention and Community Engagement (BICE) Program
The BICE program focuses on educating communities not typically involved in conversations surrounding sexual and intimate partner violence. By reaching out to student communities such as Transform, Out in STEM, South Asian Awareness Network, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, athletics, fraternities, Co-ops, ROTC, and many more, BICE volunteers aim to approach conversations about sexual misconduct in an intersectional manner.
If you are interested in volunteer training, please fill out the Ally/Volunteer application online at sapac.umich.edu/application.Programs and Services
All services are free and confidential to the University of Michigan community and are provided by professional SAPAC staff membersFor Survivors:
24-Hour Crisis Line (734-936-3333): confidential crisis intervention, information, and referral for survivors and their friends and family members.
Advocacy: academic, legal, medical, and housing advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
Crisis Intervention: in-person crisis intervention at residence halls, campus offices, hospitals, and police departments.
Peer-Led Support Group: weekly, drop-in group open to all survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking to express their concerns and support their peers in a comfortable setting that is facilitated by student staff members.For the UM Community:
Workshops: educational programs on sexual and intimate partner violence issues for the University community upon request. Faculty, staff, and departmental training programs are designed to fit individual needs. Workshops and training sessions are facilitated by SAPAC Peer Educators or professional staff.
Ally Training: SAPAC Ally Training seeks to empower participants with the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to be actively involved in the movement to end sexual and intimate partner violence. The program is a great first step in receiving basic training regarding these issues and becoming a supporter of the movement. If you are interested in ally training, please fill out the Ally/Volunteer application online at sapac.umich.edu/application.What is...
Sexual Assault is touching of a sexual nature, including: oral-genital contact, anal intercourse, or vaginal intercourse; anal, oral or vaginal penetration with an object; or other Sexual Contact that occurs without Consent. Sexual Contact includes: (a) intentional touching of the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, whether clothed or unclothed, or intentionally touching another with any of these body parts; or (b) making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts.
1. Submissions to or rejection of such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicity, a term or condition of a person's employment, academic standing, or participation in any University programs and/or activities, or is used as the basis for University decisions affecting the individual (often referred to as "quid pro quo" harassment);
2. Such conduct creates a hostile environment. A "hostile environment" exists when the conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it unreasonably (i) interferes with, (ii) limits, or (iii) deprives an individual from participating in or benefitting from the University's education or employment programs and/or activities. Conduct must be deemed severe, persistent, or pervasive from both a subjective and an objective perspective.
Stalking occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct towards another person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear bodily injury to themselves or to other, or experience substantial emotional distress.
Intimate Partner Violence includes any act of physical violence, or threatened act of physical violence that occurs between individuals who are or have been involved in a sexual, dating, spousal, domestic, or other intimate relationship. Intimate Partner Violence may also include forms of economic or emotional abuse, including any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
More information at studentsexualmisconductpolicy.umich.eduHow to Support a Survivor:
Listen to what the survivor tells you without asking questions. Let the survivor share as much or as little as they choose.
Believe what the survivor is telling you. No matter what, the survivor is not to be blamed.
Support the survivor in whatever way is requested, to the degree that you are able. Do not take it personally if a survivor does not want your help.
Refer and Connect the survivor to trained professionals for comprehensive crisis intervention, advocacy, and support.Campus Resources:
University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD):
University Health Service (UHS):
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE):
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):
Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR):
Ann Arbor Police Department:
SafeHouse Center 24-Hour Crisis Line: