“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.”
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).
“A comprehensive campus policy includes a listing of possible sanctions that can be imposed following a determination that an accused student is responsible for violating the sexual misconduct policy..." Read this article for more information about sanctions at the University of Michigan.
"I work as a Peer Educator facilitating workshops to first year students on relationships, sex and choice as well as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and harassment."
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.
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...
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.
This November, the Men’s Activism Program got hairy to promote consent!
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.
Shared moments along the journey...
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.
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!
The intersection of rape culture and body image is a topic that is not nearly talked about as much as it should be. While there are many conversations on campus regarding both issues, there is not something that ties the two together in a way that educates and informs people. Separately, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and Body Peace Corps work on behalf of what each organization focuses on.
One can travel on the open path through the middle of the room with a row of paintings and photographs resting on easels to the left side, a line of T-shirts that make up the Clothesline Project on the upper wall to the right, and a stream of deconstructed advertisements shuffle across a TV screen below these. Streaming on an LED message ticker wrapped around the edges of the room are the circulating tweets from rEV-goers containing the hash tag “umrev12”, with messages commenting on the art or the excitement in being at the location.
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?"
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!