Sexual Assault Awareness Month began as a national campaign in 2001 by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Though social activism around the topic of sexual assault far predates 2001, the campaign has worked to educate others and advocate for survivors throughout the 21st century.
To amplify the campaign and provide support and resources to our community, the University of Michigan’s Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) will participate in a number of activities during the month of April to raise awareness about sexual assault in recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
DPSS will participate in the following Sexual Assault Awareness events in April, hosting an info table with our Special Victims Unit (SVU) police officers:
- SAPAC the Dude – April 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Duderstadt Center
- Take Back the Night – April 3 at 6:30 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom
- SAPAC the Diag – April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Central Campus Diag
- Finding the Strength to Heal – April 11 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- SAPAC Spring Showcase – April 13 from 12:00-4:00 p.m., Central Campus Diag
In addition to these events, DPSS will also be presenting at various departments across campus on topics such as domestic violence and empowerment self-defense. If your department or student organization is interested in requesting a presentation, please fill out a request form.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, we recognize that reporting can be difficult. Our SVU officers work to ensure that survivors are treated with respect, sensitivity and understanding. UMPD SVU officers Start by Believing and have training in the trauma-informed approach. You can report an incident or contact our SVU by calling 734-763-1131.