Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Aggression and SAPA
What is sexual aggression?
Sexual aggression is an umbrella term for the following issues: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, and harassment.
Where can I go for help?
How do I help somebody I care about?
For more information about how to help somebody you care about please click the link below.
What does it mean when I read that SAPA is a confidential resource?
• Threat of harm to self or others
I don't want to report my experience, can I still get help from SAPA?
Yes, there are many other options and resources available to those who do not wish to report an experience. SAPA advocacy services are available to all of those impacted by sexual aggression regardless of whether or not a report has or will be made.
Who can I report my experiences to?
Reporting your experiences often depends on a variety of factors (i.e.: where the experience occurred, civil vs. criminal, statute of limitations, student vs. non-student, desired outcome, etc.). Due to the complexity of this, we would recommend contacting SAPA or Sexual Aggression Services to discuss your options in more detail.
I'm not in crisis, can I still contact SAPA?
Yes! SAPA services not only include crisis advocacy but also support services. We are here to listen and support in whatever way we can. We offer phone, online chat, and in person services. (Please note, in person services are only available to those located in Mount Pleasant, MI)
SAPA has already given me resources, what more can they do for me?
Beyond discussion of resources, SAPA is also available to simply listen and be there for all those affected by sexual aggression. Support services are available 24/7 during the academic year.
I'm concerned about my physical health, where can I go?
Please visit our link regarding Medical options and resources. If you have further questions or wish to discuss these options, please contact SAPA.
Can I meet with an advocate?
When are SAPA advocates available?
SAPA advocates are available 24/7 during the academic school year. For additional information regarding specific times of availability, as well as summer services, please visit our contact and resources page.
I have a concern regarding SAPA services I received, what do I do?
Please contact the Director, Megan Varner and/or fill out a grievance form.
I have questions about CMU's policies regarding sexual aggression, where can I find answers to those?
Many of these questions and answers can be found on CMU’s Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity website. CMU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy as well as contact information for this office can also be found here.
How do I become an advocate?
Please click here to learn more information about how to become an advocate.
I have questions about accommodations offered by CMU, where can I find those answers?
Many of these questions and answers can be found on CMU’s Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity website.
Does CMU have a shelter?
CMU offers a safe room in a confidential on-campus location for CMU students affected by sexual aggression. Please contact SAPA to access this resource or discuss this option further.
Are there support services available outside of the crisis and support services?
Yes. The Sexual Aggression Services department offers consultation, counseling, and support groups. If you have questions regarding these services please contact our Director or SAPA.