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Sexual Assault Peer Advisors (SAPA)

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! 

Spotlight on a SAPA



The philosophy of the SAPA program is based upon the following Shared Beliefs and Values:

  1. The victim is never at fault for any assault or abuse that he/she may encounter.
  2. Healthy sexual relationships are consensual and never coercive or exploitative.
  3. Sexual assault or intimate partner violence can happen to anyone; sexual or intimate partner violence can be committed by anyone.
  4. Every victim is the expert in his/her own healing process.
  5. Sexual violence is a community issue.


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.

A few examples of programs that SAPAs are involved with are:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, V-Week & Speak Out, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)


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Noah Cramer

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Diksha Gautham

Vivienne Kim

Ethan Klein

Gabrielle Pacia

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Judy Li

Naomi Lazar

Yomalis Rosario

Victoria Rowe

Monica Stretten

Sanjana Swasty

Alexis Wallace

Karen Wen


Last Updated: 11/7/14