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Sexual Assault Peer Advisors (SAPAs)

SAPAs are a group of Dartmouth Students invested in providing, informed, empathic, and empowerment-based support to Dartmouth students impacted by sexual and gender based violence. They have completed a 34-hour comprehensive training program and are equipped with specialized knowledge in gender based violence, the impact of such violence, campus resources, and providing positive, peer-advocacy support to fellow students.

If you or your friends have been affected by sexual assault or intimate partner violence, the SAPAs are a trained peer resource available to help you. Email SAPA for more information. 

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Active Sexual Assault Peer Advocates for 17X

Click the link above to see profiles and contact information of SAPAs who are active during 17X.

Philosophy

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 violence that they may encounter.
  2. Healthy sexual relationships are consensual and never coercive or exploitative.
  3. Sexual assault or intimate partner violence can happen to anyone; and sexual or intimate partner violence can be committed by anyone.
  4. Every victim is the expert in their own healing process.
  5. Sexual violence is a community issue.

Training

Each SAPA has completed 34 hours of training. SAPAs are required to attend two 2-hour classes a week for 7 weeks of the term, and are also required to attend an all-day retreat which takes place on a weekend towards the end of the term. The training provides SAPAs with the knowledge and skills to be an informed resource to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. SAPAs are trained to: provide compassionate response; utilize crisis intervention methods; understand medical and mental health considerations and resources; have knowledge of judicial and legal services and procedures; and talk to survivors about their various options. Training is offered 1-2 terms per year; Email SAPA to find out about the next training. 

Expectations of Active SAPAs

Once training is complete, active SAPAs are expected to attend meetings as a group throughout the term where they receive booster training, debrief their experiences, plan and coordinate outreach, and continue to build community within the group of active SAPAs.

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Last Updated: 8/11/17