The Peer Education program is a student-based SAPAC volunteer program that works to educate the campus community on the issues of sexual violence. We provide educational workshops on the issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking to the University of Michigan community. Peer educators are trained to educate, facilitate discussions, and provide resources for students in residence halls, classrooms, co-ops, sororities, fraternities, and students groups and organizations.
Alcohol is the substance used most frequently used to facilitate sexual assault.(Campus Sexual Assault Study, National Institute of Justice, 2007)
Approximately 50% of reported cases of sexual assault involve alcohol consumption by the survivor, the perpetrator, or both. (Abbey, Zawacki, et al., 2001)
Upon request, our SAPAC Volunteer Programs provide educational programs on systems of oppression as they relate to sexual violence for UM students. Programs are facilitated by SAPAC Peer Educator (PE) or Bystander Intervention & Community Engagement (BICE) student volunteers.
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!
Pure Barre in Ann Arbor prides itself in giving back to the community, and SAPAC was fortunate to be the beneficiary of a donation class held on November 13 at Pure Barre. Members of SAPAC who attended gave the class and environment at Pure Barre great reviews! SAPAC is honored to be a part of generous community support from organizations such as Pure Barre. With Pure Barre’s help, SAPAC is able to celebrate 25 years of teaching, leading, and healing as well as look f
The crisis line is available 24-hours a day and is staffed by professionals, who provide confidential crisis intervention, information and referral services to survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking. 24-hours-a-day information and support is also available for the friends, partners, and family members of survivors. SAPAC staff can provide in-person crisis intervention at residence halls, campus offices, hospitals, and police departments. Crisis Line phone: (734) 936-3333.
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.
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.
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.
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...
"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!"
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!
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.
At SAPAC we are committed to the following goals and principles:
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.