SAPAC held its annual volunteer training program from January 29th – February 10th this year which included a mixture of presentations, dialogues, small-group discussions, and a film viewing. We are excited to welcome 55 new students to our three volunteer programs, which is more than double the number of students who joined last year.
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.
The Office on Violence Against Women, along with the entire Department of Justice, the President and the Vice-President, is proud to join with our partners in the field to recognize October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
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.
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) provides free and confidential crisis intervention, advocacy, and support for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment who are University of Michigan students, faculty and staff.
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).
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.
This November, the Men’s Activism Program got hairy to promote consent!
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.
"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.
Our Frat Chat event was a facilitated discussion wherein representatives from various Greek Life organizations met with the Men's Activism program on Tuesday, April 9th over some pop, chicken wings, and a mutual desire to help the campus community.
The Clothesline Project is an event honoring the experiences of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, incest or child sexual abuse. It targets violence related to sexual orientation, and victims who have died as a result of sexual violence. The words of survivors and their supporters are displayed on t-shirts that they have created. Each year, the NPAs host a t-shirt painting event for survivors and their supporters.
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
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.
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.
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.
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.