In working to end sexual and power-based violence, it is clearly advocacy, empowerment, and feminism all woven together that serve as provocateurs for social justice.
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Many survivors experience what is called Rape Trauma Syndrome or RTS. Rape Trauma is characterized by a series of emotions and behaviors that a survivor experiences following rape. The following are three phases of rape trauma:
Here is information on what the Peer Education has been up to this Winter 2014 semester.
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.
CAPS has launched a new support group for LGBTQ Queer people of color, this semester. The group, which is free and confidential, meets on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at CAPS on floor 3 of the Michigan Union. Participants may explore issues such as:
-Inclusion/ exclusion in the LGBTQQ community
-Navigating multiple identities
-Questioning and Coming Out Issues
-Relationship with Family/ friends
*** Facilitators of this group identify as members of the community.
"Being a part of SAPAC helped me find people who cared deeply about the same issues I did. It was something I could not find in classes. It has made me so much more aware of the world around me and prevalent issues on campus."
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.
The Men’s Activism Program hosted a Super Smash Bros tournament called Smash for Safehouse on March 31, 2012. Thirty-five participants competed for the top prize of a Kindle 4G as well as the glory of Super Smash Bros supremacy. The MAs worked closely with UMSmash, a student group on campus who frequently put on similar tournaments; this group provided Gamecubes, controllers, and a program to create brackets. All proceeds from the entry fee went to buy games, controllers, and other equipment for children staying at Safehouse.
With a powerful reminder to practice mindfulness and self-care, volunteers came together for an hour in a healing environment of yoga.
SAPAC would like to thank Amy Poopat for her enthusiasm and expertise while providing this yoga class for volunteers on Sunday, February 19th, 2012!
Thanks for the message to always, "know that you are loved."
SAPAC’s professional staff and volunteers believe that the media has a strong influence on the public’s perceptions of sexuality and sexual violence. The NPA movie screening event provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to view popular movies free of charge and then discuss the film in terms of its portrayal of sexual violence.
You are a witness in the state’s case against the assailant. You will be subpoenaed to testify during the criminal process. The prosecuting attorney or city attorney will present the case on behalf of the “people of the State of Michigan” and does not represent you specifically. However, as the victim of a crime, you do have certain rights. You can contact the prosecuting attorney or city attorney’s office to find out which prosecutor is working on the case. You can contact that attorney with any questions you have about the criminal case.
Join SAPAC’s Networking, Publicity, and Activism volunteer program, SafeHouse Center, and New Visions on Monday October 1st on the Diag in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month! 12-1 pm Rally & 7-8 pm Candlelight Vigil
If you'd like to understand your reporting options, SAPAC can provide in-depth information about policy procedures and practices. There are certain University resources available, but not all of them are confidential. Reporting to non-confidential offices may intiate a Title IX investigation.
For more information on confidential and non-confidential resources, follow the link to this resource chart.
"The people here understand me and have the same passions. It is a place where I feel 100% comfortable, and a place where I know true change can (and does) happen."
SafeHouse Center of Ann Arbor is recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month during the month of April. April is set aside across the nation for every community to collectively focus upon the societal problem of sexual violence and the ways in which services like those at SAPAC and SafeHouse are working to end this violence and seek justice for its victims. One event, held at the SafeHouse Center, is a Survivor Speak Out, where survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and stalking can find a safe space to share their stories.
SAPAC held its annual Volunteer Training Program from January 27th – February 8th this year which included a mixture of presentations, dialogues, and small-group discussions. We are thrilled to welcome 92 new students to our three volunteer programs, which is almost double the number from last year.
"SAPAC helped me become the activist I am today!"
Once again this year, SAPAC is pleased to announce that we will be able to sponsor six students to attend the 2012 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on March 31-April 2.
This is an amazing opportunity to connect with feminist student leaders from across the country, learn what other schools are doing to end sexual and intimate partner violence, share your ideas, and bring new opportunities to SAPAC.
This March marked SAPAC’s first full year hosting the Peer Led Support Group (PLSG). The group was started as a way for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment to have a place to drop-in once a week to focus on self-care and spending time with others who may have faced similar life experiences. The group is open to both male and female survivors. It has bee