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
Last week the Michigan Daily did a mini-interview with our Director Holly Rider- Milkovich about some of the services SAPAC offers to students on campus.
"My participation in SAPAC has influenced my choice of major, and my career goals. I have realized that once you become involved in work concerning sexual violence, there is no way you can't be involved. My passion lies in working to end sexual violence because of my involvement with SAPAC."
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.
Receiving immediate and follow-up medical attention is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself if you have been sexually assaulted. You may have injuries that need to be treated, and you may want to be tested for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Our new batch of passionate and driven 2014-2015 Co-Coords are highlighted here!
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.
The goal of the Raising Our Voices: SAPAC 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert on October 25, 2011 was to celebrate 25 years of teaching, leading, and healing at SAPAC while fostering collaboration among organizations and student groups.
The language we use to describe the way we feel is important. So at this year's 26th annual SAPAC Speak Out event, we asked attendees to choose one word that described how they felt at the close of the event. These are some of the words we came up with!
On the weekend of April 13 and 14, SAPAC student volunteers and professional staff welcomed back to campus nearly fifty alumni and supporters for a weekend-long celebration of SAPAC’s 25th anniversary. Alumni gathered from Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, and all parts of Michigan to reconnect with each other and reflect on the lasting impact of their volunteer experience at SAPAC.
The most solemn duty I perform as Director of SAPAC is not included on my job description. Several times a year, I am called upon to give voice to the stories of those who did not survive, reckon our losses and acknowledge our grief. On this night, I spoke the life of Tamara Williams, a gifted senior in LS&A who hoped to become a social worker, a resident of Northwoods Apartments where she lived with her young daughter, a young woman from Detroit on the cusp of celebrating her 21st birthday.
"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
"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."
"I wouldn't be the person I am today without SAPAC. Many of my closest friends are people that I've met through the organization, and the work I do at SAPAC influence both my choice of major and career plans. SAPAC has helped me to become a strong, confident, and driven woman."
State of Michigan Definitions
- Domestic Violence 1st
- Domestic Violence 2nd
- Domestic Violence 3rd
- Aggravated Domestic Violence
- Assault With a Dangerous Weapon/Felonious Assault
A Common Voice is an educational video that seeks to provoke discussion on sexual and intimate partner violence in the campus community. Individuals who represent multiple backgrounds and affiliations share their ideas about the definition of sexual and intimate partner violence and consent, and discuss their experiences as they relate to family and community responses. University staff and students describe their reactions to sexual and intimate partner violence on campus and encourage action by the campus community.
For the month of April, SafeHouse will be having a series of events in order to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SafeHouse is a center for survivors of sexual assault and dometice violence in the Washtenaw County. Through these events SafeHouse would like to "raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it."
Read the full article to see all of the events!
The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women announces Campus Sexual Assault Policy: Problems and Progress, a two-day conference to take place on October 25-26, 2012 at the UM North Campus Research Complex. In the context of the April 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” issued as guidance by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, this conference aims to bring together institutional policy makers, primarily from the state of Michigan, and community-based sexual assault programs to discuss and develop policies in regard to Title IX compliance. The conference is designed so that research and promising practices presentations on Day One will inform policy design workshops and policy recommendations on Day Two.