SAPA is a peer advising group sponsored by Student Health Promotion & Wellness. The Sexual Assault Awareness Program Coordinator serves as the advisor. A SAPA is a Sexual Assault Peer Advisor—a student who has undergone a 32 hour training course and has learned the fundamentals to serve as a resource for students who have been confronted with issues of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence. These students work with survivors (either recently or in the past), secondary survivors (UGAs, friends, family, or partners) and help to enlighten the Dartmouth community about sexual assault and intimate partner violence. A SAPA provides support, information, and referrals. If you or your friends have been affected by sexual assault or intimate partner violence, the SAPAs are a trained confidential peer resource available to help you!
The philosophy of the SAPA program is based upon the following Shared Beliefs and Values:
Each SAPA has completed 32 hours of training, typically broken down into two-hour sessions. SAPA training is offered during Winter and Spring terms. This training is designed to give SAPAs the knowledge and ability to learn the primary information necessary to be a good resource to survivors of sexual assault or intimate partner violence. The content of the training includes basic knowledge of relationship and sexual violence, first responder skills, crisis intervention, medical and mental health concerns and services, judicial and legal services and procedures, personal safety planning, and additional relevant content. Blitz SAPA to find out about the next training.
Part of the role as a resource to students here at Dartmouth, a SAPA will also participate in a variety of programming, both large and small scale. Through participation at different programs, SAPAs will provide support to students that have been affected by sexual violence, support fellow peer advisors who are also raising awareness, and lastly, to continue their own education around sexual violence and other related issues.
Last Updated: 11/7/14