The Bystander Intervention & Community Engagement program works to involve more men in the movement to end sexual violence. By reaching out to student communities such as fraternities, athletics, Co-ops, ROTC, and communities of color, SAPAC's workshops and resources become more accessible and relevant to the student population. Additionally, by reaching out to these groups, SAPAC can tailor its workshops to each group's specific needs and learn from the great diversity of perspectives on University of Michigan's campus.
Entire Month of November! Need a good reason to grow a beard? Keep your face warm, and your sex consensual! Beards of all kinds are encouraged to participate in whatever creative way possible!
Upon request, SAPAC provides educational programs on sexual violence issues and systems of oppression as they relate to sexual violence for the entire University community: students, staff, and faculty. Programs can be facilitated by SAPAC Peer Educator (PE) or Bystander Intervention & Community Engagement (BICE) student volunteers or professional staff. Training programs for faculty and staff and departments can be designed to fit program needs.
Missed the Teach-In? Watch videos from the Teach-In here!
This September, over 100 university students, faculty and staff attended the Teach-In on Sexual Assault: Tools for Safety, Knowledge for Change. Attendees described the event as informative, practical, interesting and effective.
Rape or sexual assault is the violent crime LEAST often reported to law enforcement.
Societal Rape Myths
Many myths exist in our society about sexual assault that serve to justify the offense. Rape myths often involve victim-blaming statements about sexual assault such as, "She wouldn’t have gotten raped if she hadn’t been walking alone at night,” or "What did she expect would happen if she went upstairs with him?" These myths help place the blame on the wrong person (the victim or survivor) instead of where it belongs (on the perpetrator).
Every day, every one of us is bombarded by media images that make girls and women into dolls, toys, trash, and props. Women of color are sometimes portrayed as exotic and animalistic. Staging rape, stalking, and murder scenes are apparently acceptable ways to sell handbags. On top of that, everything is permeated by sex, sex, sex. Ever get fed up? We do, too.
Definition of Stalking
Stalking is defined as a willful course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment made against the expressed wishes of another individual, which causes that individual to feel emotional distress including fear, harassment, intimidation or apprehension.
The legal definition of stalking is defined primarily by state statutes. However, virtually any unwanted contact between a stalker and their victim which directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can generally be referred to as stalking.
"I pledge to to participate with the SAPAC Men's Activism Program to raise awareness about the importance of consensual sex by growing my beard during the month of November. It is my belief that all sexual activity should be consensual and come after an enthusiastic yes!"
While common reactions have been noted, all reactions to trauma are normal since sexual and power-based violence affect everyone differently; prior experiences will interact with all of the other intimate elements that make up an individual including both their biology and social circumstances.
The recently reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a gradually changing and important bill that has improved sexual and domestic violence prevention and services since 1994, underwent a prolonged path to enactment.
Warrant Request and Authorization: The detective/officer assigned to your case will forward a report to the prosecuting attorney’s office. The prosecutor may want to interview you. Because sexual assault is a crime against the citizens of Michigan, the prosecutor represents the people of the State of Michigan and not you specifically. The prosecutor will make the decision about whether or not to prosecute. If you haven’t heard from the prosecutor, you can call the prosecuting attorney’s office and ask to speak with him/her.
Students launch a sit-in the office of Vice-President for Student Services, Henry Johnson, to address safety concerns of women on campus and the need to open a rape crisis center.
University executive officers approve $75,000 for the initiation of an anti-assault program.
The Networking, Publicity, and Activism program is responsible for organizing and publicizing some of SAPAC’s biggest events. Our undergraduate and graduate students network with student organizations, table at various events, and work tirelessly to further SAPAC’s causes.
For students unable to participate in the roundtables last week, who still want to share your feedback and participate in this incredibly important community review process. As promised, U-M has just launched a survey to capture community feedback. Fill out the survey now!
Tuesday October 25th 6pm-midnight in the League and Mendelssohn Theatre
Enjoy art, music, refreshments, and discussion! Come show your support by ra!s!ng your vo!ce on the issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment!
SAPAC recommends implementing OSCR’s existing sanction options such as disciplinary probation, restriction from employment from the university, university housing removal, removal from courses or activities, no contact, suspension, and expulsion, in addition to the following...
Abuse is sometimes difficult to detect because it is manipulative and can often be very subtle. Often abusive tactics are disguised as acts of love and care. The following are some questions to consider.
All members of the University of Michigan community share a responsibility for upholding this policy as we strive to attain our goal of creating a violence-free community.