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.
What is Trauma?
Sexual assaults can be terrifying and traumatic. You are not to blame and you are not alone. Various options are available to you if you have been sexually assaulted, including a medical examination, supportive counseling, reporting the crime, and informal conflict resolution
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!
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.
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!
2014 - SAPAC Director Holly Rider-Milkovich Speaks About Campus Sexual Assault at Senate Subcommittee Roundtable
Recently, SAPAC Director Holly Rider-Milkovich spoke at the Senate Subcommittee Roundtable on campus sexual assault chaired by Senator Claire McCaskill. Click here to watch C-SPAN's video of the roundtable, and to hear Holly talk about the prevention and awareness-raising work SAPAC does at the University of Michigan, as well as discuss how campuses across the nation can and should handle sexual assault. Way to go Holly!
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.
"This diagram illustrates some ways that abusers can misuse technology within the context of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) provides free and confidential crisis intervention, advocacy, and support for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment who are University of Michigan students, faculty and staff.
You have the option of filing a civil lawsuit. By doing this, you could possibly be awarded monetary damages. Here are some key points to keep in mind about this option:
If you believe you are experiencing sexual harassment, contact SAPAC and/or any of the below agencies:
Please note that these offices are considered non-confidential and sharing information about sexual harrasment may initiate a sexual misconduct investigation. For a list of confidential resources, refer to this page.
"I met some of my best friends volunteering at SAPAC. I can't imagine a more empowering experience while in college and I don't know how I would have survived without this group. Not only was I able to focus my energies on a cause I believed in, but I had the opportunity to help others."
Institutions that are Sometimes Helpless or Unwilling to Offer Women Protection or Assistance:
No matter what, no one deserves to be abused. There are certain rights that we all share in dating relationships.
You have the right to:
These statistics were taken from the Department of Justice in 2000:
- Over a five-year stay, a college woman’s risk of experiencing a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault is between 1 and 5 and 1 and 4 (Department of Justice, 2000).
- Almost 60% of the completed on-campus rapes took place in the victim’s living quarters, 10.3% took place in fraternities (Department of Justice, 2000).
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
Battering is the most sophisticated form of brain washing that exists. The batterer tells his partner that she is the most important person in the world to him and that he can't live without her.
Communities of Color
Sexual assault has traditionally been used by men to disempower and frighten women, just as racism has been used to disempower and frighten people of color. The sexual assault of women of color, therefore, is often a combination of both racist and sexist attitudes. These attitudes, compounded with certain stereotypes, magnify the sexual vulnerability of various groups of women of color.
We have created a collaborative project with the University of Michigan Museum of Art(UMMA) entitled, “Paths to Renewal,” which is a virtual exhibit to commemorate SAPAC's 25th Anniversary at the University of Michigan. Feel free to explore the website and share your thoughts in the comments section.