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.
Please look at the co-coord application if you are a current volunteer interested in the paid position of leading one of our volunteer programs! Applications are due by Monday, March 7th at 5pm.
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.
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.
Institutions that are Sometimes Helpless or Unwilling to Offer Women Protection or Assistance:
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.
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:
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.
SAPAC professional staff members have chosen to speak out on this matter because believe it is important to share accurate information about pregnancy following sexual assault .
It is only a myth in our society that men are not sexually assaulted. Nine percent of all rape victims outside of criminal institutions are male.
"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."
(2007 Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report on Crime Against People with Disabilities)
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!
A 2006 survey from the Department of Justice indicates the following:
- 8.1% of surveyed women and 2.2% of surveyed men reported being stalked at some time in their life.
The National Center for Victims of Crime found the following in 1995:
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:
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
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 David Lisak, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at the annual Tamara Williams Memorial Lecture. This lecture serves to memorialize Tamara Williams, a University of Michigan student and Family Housing resident who was killed by her boyfriend in 1997. In addition to remembering Tamara's legacy, this lecture raises awareness of the realities of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Before Dr. Lisak spoke, Robin Wilson, associate professor of Dance at the University of Michigan, shared a dance titled "Shattered Globes" that she choreographed in honor of Tamara.
Summary of important points about dating and domestic violence.
Here are some tips to keep yourself safe if you or someone you know is a survivor of cyberstalking.