The University of Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) has been open for four years. As a result, there is much more information about rape prevention on campus and more ways for people to get involved in fighting against sexual assault and sexism.
SAPAC was established in 1986 due to the awareness and activism of students. Our 24-hour counseling line (936-3333) began operating in Oct. 1988. Currently we need women volunteers to answer phones and provide emergency intervention and support to sexual assault survivors and their friends and family at the hospital, the police station and other locations.
Part of our goal as an educational center is to convey information that challenges popular myths about rape. While some rapes are committed by strangers who either break into homes or strike outside at night, the vast majority of rapes are committed by acquaintances. In fact, 90% of all rapes on college campuses are acquaintance rapes. Another common conception about rape is that Black men rape white women. In fact, 93% of the time, the rapist is the same race and social class as the survivor of the assault. Volunteering for the crisis line is a rewarding experience in which one can help a person in need, dispel popular myths and work towards changing societal attitudes. We are boking for women who wou ld be willing to donate 10-15 hours a month toward staffing the line. Training for phone counselors will begin in September. Experience in phone or peer counseling is preferred but not necessary. Women of color are encouraged to apply to work on the line for their experience and support is valuable to rape crisis work. Applications are available at the SAPAC office. For more information call 763-5865.
U-M Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC), 580 Union Dr., Room L107, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109, 763-5865, 24-hour counseling line: 936-3333.