Sexual Assault Peer Alliance (SAPA)
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.
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The philosophy of the SAPA program is based upon the following shared beliefs and values:
- The victim is never at fault for any assault or violence that they may encounter.
- Healthy sexual relationships are consensual and never coercive or exploitative.
- Sexual assault or intimate partner violence can happen to anyone, and sexual or intimate partner violence can be committed by anyone.
- Every victim is the expert in their own healing process.
- Sexual violence is a community issue.
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.
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.