This past March, the Peer Educators hosted two discussion series that focused on different aspects of gender, sexuality, and sexual violence. The first, held on March 22, featured a viewing of the film “The Undetected Rapist”, a re-enactment of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Men’s Sexual Trauma Research Center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The focus of the film was to address the issue that the number of women who have been victims of rape vastly outnumber the number of men indicted, much less convicted of rape.
"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 purpose of this section is to familiarize the reader with how SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County and the state of Michigan define dating and domestic violence. In addition, it is designed to provide an overview of the various forms of abuse such as emotional, verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. It is imperative that panelists have a complete understanding of definitions and types of abuse before hearing a dating or domestic violence-related case. Please note that there are many overlaps between sexual assault and dating and domestic violence.
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."
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 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.
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’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.
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 attention on sexual assault prevention at an all time high in the national media, campus officials are conducting a campus wide survey to assess the climate around sexual misconduct. According to a recent email from President Mark Schlissel, the surveys will be sent to randomly selected students via email in order to collect information that accurately represents the incidences of sexual assault on campus. The survey will also look at attitudes and beliefs surrounding the reporting process of the university and assess confidence in the university’s sexual misconduct policy.
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.
What is Relationship Remix?
"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."
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.
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