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 would say the main thing SAPAC has given me is confidence. In SAPAC I am surrounded by intelligent people whose dedication and compassion is inspiring. From other volunteers and professional staff, I feel more confident to stand up for what I believe in.”
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
This November, the Men’s Activism Program got hairy to promote consent!
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.
SAPAC Professional Staff, Heather Colohan, Shares her experience working in the local community as well as SAPAC’s community.
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
"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."
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.
24 hr. Help Resources
For University of Michigan students, staff, faculty and their loved ones:
· Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC): (734) 936-3333
For Washtenaw County residents:
· Safehouse Center: (734) 995-5444
· Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE
· National Online Sexual Assault Helpline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/