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.
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).
Initial Crisis: For the first few days or weeks, the assault may seem unreal. You may feel numb or you may experience intense or heightened emotions. You might even have physical symptoms of shock: feeling weak, nauseated, moving slowly, nightmares or inability to sleep. There is nothing wrong or unusual about these kinds of reactions.
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.
"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."
Those societal and cultural barriers that minimize a survivor’s options. These are ways that our culture and institutions make it very difficult for a survivor to become independent. Some systems often work to maintain women’s unequal status, which forces women to remain in harmful situations. The perpetuation of victim-blaming practices can pressure women to stay in abusive relationship. Options are limited and non-judgmental support is not always given.
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.
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.
State of Michigan Definitions
- Domestic Violence 1st
- Domestic Violence 2nd
- Domestic Violence 3rd
- Aggravated Domestic Violence
- Assault With a Dangerous Weapon/Felonious Assault
SAPAC sent seven SAPAC Volunteers to attend the 2012 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Arlington, VA held March 31st- April 2nd 2012.
Five SAPAC attendees put together their thoughts on the SAPAC blog, "The SAPAC Voice." The post is titled, "Thoughts on the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference."
In anticipation of the upcoming 8th Annual rEVOLUTION: Making Art for Change exhibit, the SAPAC Men’s Activism (MA) group recently completed their own contribution. In an echo of last year’s piece, this year’s project incorporated the “These Hand’s Don’t Hurt” message. This year’s project combined elements of everyday activism and artistic expression.
"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
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.
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 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.
"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."
Statistics and Forms of Abuse
- 25% of women said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date in their lifetime (Department of Justice, 2000).
Women of color face additional barriers based on the intersections of race and gender. Women of color often face “double jeopardy” in terms of racism and sexism that influences one’s access to resources and safety.
"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."