Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Bystander Intervention

A proactive bystander is an individual who accepts personal responsibility for a situation and intervenes to ensure the well-being and/or safety of others.

Bystander intervention is necessary to create and promote a safe, respectful and welcoming community.

Steps to Intervention:
1. Notice the event
2. Interpret the event as problematic
3. Assume personal responsibility
4. Take action


SAPAC's Holly Rider-Milkovich Speaks on Trigger Warnings

The Georgetown University Law Center hosted a day-long conference on sexual assaults on college campuses. This portion included a panel discussion with sexual assault prevention experts from the University of Michigan and Montclair State University who outlined their research findings on the use of content notices or “trigger warnings” to alert students of potentially disturbing academic material. In addition, University of Oregon law professor John Bonine discussed the benefits and risks of reporting sexual assaults on college campuses.




Resources for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Survivors

The Body and Trauma
  • In situations of trauma the neocortex (or"thinking brain") shuts down and problem-solving abilities are harder to access.
  • Survivors often blame themselves for not acting or avoiding the situation, when sometimes what is happening in the brain during a traumatic event will not allow them to fight back.
  • The functioning of the brain during and after trauma may cause survivors to experience flashbacks unexpectedly.

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Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

24-hour Crisis Line:
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Office Phone:
(734) 764-7771

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Michigan Union, 530 S. State St.
Room 1551
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308

Fax:
734-764-7755

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