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.
Several SAPAC student staff and volunteers have been recognized with two awards this year. The Peer Education Program received the "Innovation or Research" award and Carley Flanery, Co-Coordinator of the Peer Education Program, received the "Most Impactful Performace on the Campus Community" award. The awards were presented during a ceremony on March 28 in the Michigan Union Ballroom.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, November 30th, the Men’s Activism (MA) volunteer group hosted their second annual Beard Championships. Over 270 men on campus pledged to participate in the MA’s No Shave November for Consent, during which the men vowed to grow beards to raise awareness about the need for consent...
Survivors of Sexual Assault now have a say in what happens with the data collected from a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit. The new law states that a hospital can hold the kit for up to one year without turning over the evidence and that it is the survivor’s choice of what will happen with that evidence. It’s important to know about the kit, what the parameters of the new law are and where you can get additional support if you are ever in the situation where you are contemplating getting a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.
SAPAC is proud to have two generations of University of Michigan students committed to doing work on primary prevention of sexual violence on college campuses. As part of our commitment to continuing our work, SAPAC would like to welcome the 'I Will' campaign to the conversation on preventing sexual assault at the University of Michigan. We’d like to take the time to thank all participants in the campaign for joining in on this work. Please like the I Will campaign on Facebook and enjoy its first PSA, which demonstrates the campaign’s cross-campus support. Consider the I Will campaign's question: "What will you do to help end sexual violence?"
Although great strides have been made to address sexual assault and dating and domestic violence on college campuses, the rates of violence remain quite high and many barriers still exist for survivors in seeking services. At the University of Michigan, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is one place that provides assistance for survivors. We provide educational and supportive services for the campus community related to sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
Find information about Sexual Assault and Prevention Awareness Center.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention featured the University of Michigan and SAPAC in its December 2011 Prevention Update publication. This publication mentions several of SAPAC's collaborative efforts, including summer orientation, the Community Matters online tutorial, and Relationship Remix. Refer to the link to view the entire publication.
The following statistics were taken from the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey from the Department of Justice:
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.
On November 16th, a special SAPAC benefit performance of "How I Learned to Drive" took place at the Ark .
SAPAC would like to give a special thanks to Kat Walsh, the director of "How I Learned to Drive," and to the Ann Arbor Civic Theater for the dedication and generosity they have shown for SAPAC in organizing and executing this successful event!
It is with support from the community that SAPAC is proud to celebrate 25 years of teaching, leading, and healing!
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."
This November, the Men’s Activism Program got hairy to promote consent!
Here is information on what the Peer Education has been up to this Winter 2014 semester.
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:
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.