Have you spent all month wondering what growing a beard has to do with consensual sex? Does the idea of 'No Shave November for Consent' sound crazy awesome to you, or just crazy? Sate your curiosity, or show off your enthusiasm by attending our end of the month Beardstravaganza.
SAPAC Professional Staff, Heather Colohan, Shares her experience working in the local community as well as SAPAC’s community.
Here is information on what the Peer Education has been up to this Winter 2014 semester.
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:
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
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.
A Discussion on Sexual Harassment
This facilitated discussion encourages participants to engage in conversations about sexual harassment and the severity of this often trivialized form of sexual violence. The workshop offers a chance to better understand the complexity of sexual harassment, as well as its prevalence in contemporary American society.
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.
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
"SAPAC helped me become the activist I am today!"
"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 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."
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."
Once again this year, SAPAC is pleased to announce that it will be able to sponsor four to six students to attend the 2013 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. from March 23rd to 25th, 2013.
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.