Raise the Bar(RTB) is a new program designed and implemented by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) at the University of Michigan, The University Health Service (UHS), and The Ann Arbor Community Coalition (A2C3.) The mission of Raise the Bar is to decrease the incidences of sexual and gender-based violence among University students within the Ann Arbor community. The program works with local bars to provide tailored workshops on the subject of sexual assault and bystander intervention.
The Office on Violence Against Women, along with the entire Department of Justice, the President and the Vice-President, is proud to join with our partners in the field to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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.
A front page article in the University Record (link to the article below) recognized SAPAC's recent inclusion in a U.S. Department of Education publication which featured SAPAC's efforts to end violence on the University of Michigan campus.
The Record article highlights SAPAC events and collaborative efforts that occur throughout the year.
"SAPAC has been instrumental in fostering my feminist values as well as my ability to work with clients who have experienced violence and sexual trauma. SAPAC has also enhanced my critical framework for examining oppression, inequality, and gender socialization."
-- SAPAC MSW Intern '11-'12 Alum, Ryan Wade
"Through my years at SAPAC, I met my best friends, had my assumptions about the world challenged, developed my understanding of society, found my voice, and became a leader."
In an effort to provide a cohesive foundation of knowledge, skills, and practice for students to navigate experiences in safe and inclusive ways, three required programs for first-year students are merging together under what is now collectively known as Community Matters.
On May 15, 2013, three representatives from the Relationship Remix lead team were invited to the Michigan Union to present at the tenth annual Division of Student Life Research Symposium: Connecting Theory to Practice. Conference presenters were Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director of SAPAC, Laura McAndrew, Sexual Health Educator at University Health Service, and Carley Flanery, Relationship Remix Workshop Coordinator.
In addition, in 2004, SAPAC was awarded a Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant entitled, "Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program." This grant has enabled us to create the University of Michigan Violence Prevention Project whose goals are to develop, strengthen, and expand educational and crisis response initiatives on campus; improve outreach to underrepresented communities; strengthen and build upon trainings for students, faculty, and staff; and enhance our coordina
"My participation in SAPAC has influenced my choice of major, and my career goals. I have realized that once you become involved in work concerning sexual violence, there is no way you can't be involved. My passion lies in working to end sexual violence because of my involvement with SAPAC."
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.
The Clothesline Project is an event honoring the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, incest or child sexual abuse. It targets violence related to sexual orientation, and victims who have died as a result of sexual violence. The words of survivors and their supporters are displayed on t-shirts that they have created. Each year, the NPAs host a t-shirt painting event for survivors and their supporters.
What is Relationship Remix?
Shared moments along the journey...
State of Michigan Definitions
- Domestic Violence 1st
- Domestic Violence 2nd
- Domestic Violence 3rd
- Aggravated Domestic Violence
- Assault With a Dangerous Weapon/Felonious Assault
The Men’s Activism Program will be co-sponsoring a Discussion on Machismo with Lamda Theta Phi Fraternity and Sigma Lamda Gamma Sorority on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 PM in Room 2150A in the Union. This event will incorporate a variety of viewpoints to discuss the cultural significance of Machismo, as well as the dynamics that is creates. Though Machismo is a part of Latino culture, similar norms of masculinity can be found in other cultures, and will also be touched upon.
SAPAC Professional Staff, Heather Colohan, Shares her experience working in the local community as well as SAPAC’s community.
"I wouldn't be the person I am today without SAPAC. Many of my closest friends are people that I've met through the organization, and the work I do at SAPAC influence both my choice of major and career plans. SAPAC has helped me to become a strong, confident, and driven woman."