Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

33rd Annual SAPAC Survivor Speak Out

You are cordially invited to attend SAPAC's 33rd Annual Survivor Share and Speak Out hosted Sunday, November 4th from 6:30-9:00 pm in The League Ballroom.

The purpose of this event is to provide a supportive space for University of Michigan student survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, gender-based and sexual harassment, and stalking to share their personal story and give voice to the complexities, struggles, and triumphs of healing in the wake of sexual violence. We welcome all mediums of expression including stories, reflections, poems, songs, dances, etc. Survivors of all racial, ethnic, religious, gender and social identities are welcome. All members of the campus community are invited to come listen and offer support as survivors are provided a space to use their voice to set their story free.

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This Semester With SAPAC - Fall 2018

Want to get involved with SAPAC? Check out this handy flier to learn about many of the exciting events, opportunities, and services SAPAC is offering for Fall 2018!

email sapac@umich.edu for more information or for an accessible version of this pdf

Raise the Bar in the News

SAPAC's Raise the Bar program was recently recognized for its work in training Ann Arbor area bar staff in bystander intervention strategies! This article highlights that the goal of the program is to "create a safer, inclusive community," which includes the public places and services that U of M students use. Not only has Raise the Bar trained staff at many popular bars near campus, but also has trained those who interact with students through services like Lyft and Boober Tours. Channel 4 News also prepared a video that presented an overview of the program and included an interview with U of M students and staff from Good Time Charley's!

Read the article here!

Watch the Chanel 4 News clip here!

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Focuses on Sexual Violence Prevention

Recently, Dr. Denis Mukwege, who has ties with the University of Michigan and is a Wallenberg Medal recipient, won the Nobel Peace Prize. His work focuses on sexual violence prevention in situations of armed conflict, specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more information see the articles below:

Siobán Harlow at the School of Pubic Heath: https://sph.umich.edu/pursuit/2018posts/mukwege-peace-prize.html

The University Record: http://record.umich.edu/articles/u-m-nobel-peace-prize-winner-are-partne...


Support from SAPAC

In light of the current political climate, SAPAC has noticed an increase in need for community and support. We are grateful that those in our UM community are reaching out for support as needed.

We want to acknowledge that this might be a difficult day for many with the pending Senate Vote. We want to provide a space for folks to come together, so we are hosting a gathering today (10/5) from 1-4pm in the Large Lounge of our new SAPAC space on the 3rd Floor of The Michigan Square Building (330 East Liberty, across from Isalita and Ragstock). You can enter our building at the Northwest corner of the building through the elevator lobby. We will provide snacks from Jerusalem Garden and sweets for those attending. Please consider coming to join us from 1pm to 4pm for community, connection, care, and crafts.

And for those who can't stop by, please remember to take care of yourselves. We are in this together and taking care of ourselves is vitally important. A few things to remember:

1. Self care is important - Find time today to prioritize your needs, whether that is cooking a warm meal, connecting with a friend, taking a nap, or going for a walk.
2. Unplug- Although the news of the pending Senate Vote will be coming out, remember to take breaks from soaking in the media, which can cause increased anxiety.
3. Honor your emotions- There are no good or bad feelings. Name what you're feeling without judgement.
4. You are not alone- There are people who want to help, whether it's a professional or friend.

Remember: SAPAC is a resource for both survivors and supporters. If you need support, call our 24-hour crisis line (734-936-3333) or make an appointment by either walking in to our office or calling 734-764-7771.

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Ps. If you are feeling inspired to take action, consider volunteering with SAPAC. We have three student volunteer programs that focus on creating healthy, inclusive communities by promoting healthy relationships, building bystander intervention skills, and teaching about how to support survivors. Apply to be a volunteer here:

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