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!
You may want to keep track of STIs for which you have been tested or treated. Ask your doctor or nurse exactly which tests are being completed. It may take several years for the symptoms of some STIs to show up. Information and testing could potentially save your life. The table on the following page contain information about the most eight most common STIs. Ask your health care professional for more information.
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.
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.
The Peer Educators have had a very busy winter semester!
On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center hosted the 25th Annual Speak Out in the ballroom of the Michigan League. Speak Out, which has been a SAPAC tradition since its inception, aims to end the silence surrounding sexual violence and remove stigma about these experiences. It provides a safe space for survivors to speak about their experiences regarding sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Speak Out is open to everyone, and following the event was a debrief at the SAPAC office where people were wel
“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.
"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."
"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
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.
Survivors of Sexual Assault now have a say in what happens with the data collected from a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit. The new law states that a hospital can hold the kit for up to one year without turning over the evidence and that it is the survivor’s choice of what will happen with that evidence. It’s important to know about the kit, what the parameters of the new law are and where you can get additional support if you are ever in the situation where you are contemplating getting a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.
SAPAC Professional Staff, Heather Colohan, Shares her experience working in the local community as well as SAPAC’s community.
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.
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.
Who is a SAPAC Ally?
An ally is an individual who consciously strives towards promoting justice and ending marginalization. Becoming a SAPAC ally means that you recognize that sexual and intimate partner violence is an issue in our culture and at the University of Michigan, and you will not tolerate it. It means that you will be a proactive bystander and actively work to reduce rape culture and victim blaming; encourage healthy relationships; continue to educate yourself and others in your community; and remain committed to supporting survivors.
Shared moments along the journey...
Here at SAPAC we are committed to serving clients of all gender identities and expressions. Here is some information for allies of trans and gender non-conforming survivors on gender identity and how to support survivors.
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.