The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women announces Campus Sexual Assault Policy: Problems and Progress, a two-day conference to take place on October 25-26, 2012 at the UM North Campus Research Complex. In the context of the April 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” issued as guidance by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, this conference aims to bring together institutional policy makers, primarily from the state of Michigan, and community-based sexual assault programs to discuss and develop policies in regard to Title IX compliance. The conference is designed so that research and promising practices presentations on Day One will inform policy design workshops and policy recommendations on Day Two.
Primary Prevention of Dating and Sexual Violence: Best Practices using a Public Health and Social Ecology Approach
As part of the Student Life Professional Development Learning Series, the DSA and SAPAC are hosting Tammy Lemmer, Senior Program Manager with the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Wednesday, September 7th 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Michigan Union Wolverine ABC
*This session is designed for UM staff and faculty.
Several SAPAC student staff and volunteers have been recognized with two awards this year. The Peer Education Program received the "Innovation or Research" award and Carley Flanery, Co-Coordinator of the Peer Education Program, received the "Most Impactful Performace on the Campus Community" award. The awards were presented during a ceremony on March 28 in the Michigan Union Ballroom.
Shared moments along the journey...
SAPAC sent seven SAPAC Volunteers to attend the 2012 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA held March 31st- April 2nd 2012.
Five SAPAC attendees put together their thoughts on the SAPAC blog, "The SAPAC Voice." The post is titled, "Thoughts on the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference."
Although great strides have been made to address sexual assault and dating and domestic violence on college campuses, the rates of violence remain quite high and many barriers still exist for survivors in seeking services. At the University of Michigan, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is one place that provides assistance for survivors. We provide educational and supportive services for the campus community related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
Those societal and cultural barriers that minimize a survivor’s options. These are ways that our culture and institutions make it very difficult for a survivor to become independent. Some systems often work to maintain women’s unequal status, which forces women to remain in harmful situations. The perpetuation of victim-blaming practices can pressure women to stay in abusive relationship. Options are limited and non-judgmental support is not always given.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention featured the University of Michigan and SAPAC in its December 2011 Prevention Update publication. This publication mentions several of SAPAC's collaborative efforts, including summer orientation, the Community Matters online tutorial, and Relationship Remix. Refer to the link to view the entire publication.
This past March, the Peer Educators hosted two discussion series that focused on different aspects of gender, sexuality, and sexual violence. The first, held on March 22, featured a viewing of the film “The Undetected Rapist”, a re-enactment of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Men’s Sexual Trauma Research Center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The focus of the film was to address the issue that the number of women who have been victims of rape vastly outnumber the number of men indicted, much less convicted of rape.
SAPAC is proud to have two generations of University of Michigan students committed to doing work on primary prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. As part of our commitment to continuing our work, SAPAC would like to welcome the 'I Will' campaign to the conversation on preventing sexual assault at the University of Michigan. We’d like to take the time to thank all participants in the campaign for joining in on this work. Please like the I Will campaign on Facebook and enjoy its first PSA, which demonstrates the campaign’s cross-campus support. Consider the I Will campaign's question: "What will you do to help end sexual violence?"
We know that a decision that is biased, arbitrary, or capricious will not meet the test of fundamental fairness. We know that procedures and decisions must be reasonable. What is too often left unsaid is that there will be instances in which the admission and consideration of irrelevant evidence, hearsay evidence, illegally obtained evidence, or evidence lacking in credibility will violate fundamental fairness. There are two basic rules of evidence that should be observed in the campus hearing: the rule of relevance and the rule of credibility of witnesses/testimony (Sokolow, 2004).
Friday, November 30th, the Men’s Activism (MA) volunteer group hosted their second annual Beard Championships. Over 270 men on campus pledged to participate in the MA’s No Shave November for Consent, during which the men vowed to grow beards to raise awareness about the need for consent...
“I would say the main thing SAPAC has given me is confidence. In SAPAC I am surrounded by intelligent people whose dedication and compassion is inspiring. From other volunteers and professional staff, I feel more confident to stand up for what I believe in.”
SAPAC held its annual volunteer training program from January 29th – February 10th this year which included a mixture of presentations, dialogues, small-group discussions, and a film viewing. We are excited to welcome 55 new students to our three volunteer programs, which is more than double the number of students who joined last year.
As a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for monetary assistance. Assistance may include compensation for medical expenses, counseling, rehabilitation, and loss of earnings resulting from an injury that is the direct result of a crime. Claims should be filed within one year; however, there are exceptions for child victims of sexual abuse and upon petition for good cause. You can get a claim form from Crime Victim Services Commission, the local Prosecuting Attorney, any State Police post, or from SAPAC.
Women of color face additional barriers based on the intersections of race and gender. Women of color often face “double jeopardy” in terms of racism and sexism that influences one’s access to resources and safety.
On November 16th, a special SAPAC benefit performance of "How I Learned to Drive" took place at the Ark .
SAPAC would like to give a special thanks to Kat Walsh, the director of "How I Learned to Drive," and to the Ann Arbor Civic Theater for the dedication and generosity they have shown for SAPAC in organizing and executing this successful event!
It is with support from the community that SAPAC is proud to celebrate 25 years of teaching, leading, and healing!
Statistics and Forms of Abuse
- 25% of women said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetime (Department of Justice, 2000).
On April 10th, the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards were held in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom. This year, SAPAC’s very own, Lauren McIntosh was nominated and won the Unsung Hero / Quiet Leadership Award!