"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."
The purpose of this section is to provide information about survivors and their experiences with sexual violence. This section will cover Rape Trauma Syndrome, common reactions to sexual violence, and sexual violence within underrepresented communities and communities of color. It is designed to help panelists understand unique issues and barriers experienced by survivors, including survivors within underrepresented communities, and why survivors may react in certain ways throughout a hearing process.
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.
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.
SafeHouse Center Definitions
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by people to control their intimate partners. It often involves a physical assault or a threat of physical assault, but an abusive relationship may involve verbal and/or emotional abuse; sometimes it begins with these types of abuse and evolves into physical abuse. A physical assault is almost always accompanied by one or more abusive tactics.
"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."
On June 10, 2014, SAPAC's former Men's Acitivsm Co-Coordinator, Meghana Kulkarni had the chance to present at the National Association of Student Personnel Admistrators (NASPA) Region III Summer Symposium at Disney World in Orlando, FL! Here are a few remarks about her reflection after attending the event and presenting SAPAC's No Shave November!
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.
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.
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."
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.
Each Fall and Winter semester SAPAC hosts our day-long ally training for people who want to learn more about being an ally to survivors and ending violence. This year we trained over 30 participants about the realities of sexual violence. The training is also a fantastic opportunity for our SAPAC volunteers to gain facilitation experience and learn more ways to educate their peers on the work that they do. This year there were 20 volunteers from all three SAPAC Volunteer Programs involved in improving on the workshop, planning the event, and facilitating the content.
Here is information on what the Peer Education has been up to this Winter 2014 semester.
Support the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center by attending a Pure Barre class!
SAPAC held its annual volunteer training program from January 31st – February 12th this year which included a mixture of presentations, panels, small-group discussions, and storytelling. We are excited to welcome 25 new students to our three volunteer programs.
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.
Common Responses to Dating and Domestic Violence
There is no standard response to domestic violence. Often times when the person experiences the first physical incident of violence they are in disbelief and/or denial, and feel responsibility, shame and/or embarrassment. They find themselves concerned about protecting the family image and see this as a one-time only incident. They may believe that if they change their behavior, the violence will stop. They may try to become more pleasing, try to be a better partner, or on the other hand become more determined to end the relationship.
This is a reminder to U of M students, faculty, and staff about the late night transportation options available to them. SafeRide, S.A.F.E.WALK, and Night Ride can all be reached at 734-647-8000.