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.
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.
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!
Our new batch of passionate and driven 2014-2015 Co-Coords are highlighted here!
Primary Prevention of Dating and Sexual Violence: Best Practices using a Public Health and Social Ecology Approach
As part of the Student Life Professional Development Learning Series, the DSA and SAPAC are hosting Tammy Lemmer, Senior Program Manager with the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Wednesday, September 7th 2011
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Michigan Union Wolverine ABC
*This session is designed for UM staff and faculty.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rape Trauma Syndrome
Many survivors experience what is called Rape Trauma Syndrome or RTS. Rape Trauma is characterized by a series of emotions and behaviors that a survivor experiences following rape. The following are three phases of rape trauma:
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.
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
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As a victim of a crime, you may be eligible for monetary assistance. Assistance may include compensation for medical expenses, counseling, rehabilitation, and loss of earnings resulting from an injury that is the direct result of a crime. Claims should be filed within one year; however, there are exceptions for child victims of sexual abuse and upon petition for good cause. You can get a claim form from Crime Victim Services Commission, the local Prosecuting Attorney, any State Police post, or from SAPAC.
Once again this year, SAPAC is pleased to announce that we will be able to sponsor six students to attend the 2012 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on March 31-April 2.
This is an amazing opportunity to connect with feminist student leaders from across the country, learn what other schools are doing to end sexual and intimate partner violence, share your ideas, and bring new opportunities to SAPAC.
Summary of important points from the "Defining Sexual Assault" section of the Striving for Justice Toolkit.
This March marked SAPAC’s first full year hosting the Peer Led Support Group (PLSG). The group was started as a way for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment to have a place to drop-in once a week to focus on self-care and spending time with others who may have faced similar life experiences. The group is open to both male and female survivors. It has bee
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.
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.