Quiz shows sexual
The Michigan Daily-Monday, September 28, 1987 -'Page 5
By ELIZABETH ATKINS
"Is this sexual assault?"
The results of a quiz which asks
this question, given by the Universi-
ty's Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC), reveal
that men and women on campus
generally agree what constitutes sex-
ual assault, or rape, and their re-
sponses have drastically changed
since last year's quiz, according to
Pam Kisch, a University graduate and
part-time SAPAC coordinator.
On last year's quiz, male and fe-
male responses differed greatly. Last
year, 80 percent of the women and 56
percent of the men correctly identified
each situation as sexual assault.
This year, 95.5 percent of the
women and 91 percent of the men
considered the given situations sexual
"People are more educated about
sexual assault this year because
there's more awareness on campus
about it. People are talking about
things like acquaintance rape," Kisch
SAPAC recently gave the quiz to
about 450 students at FestiFall on
the Diag. About two thirds of re-
spondents were female, Kisch said.
The anonymous quiz gave four
different situations and asked the re-
spondent to check "yes" or "no" if he
or she thought the situation is sexual
assault. The quiz also asks whether
the respondent is male or female.
In the first situation given on the
quiz, a drunk woman at a large party
falls asleep in her friend's room. She
awakes to find an acquaintance kiss-
ing and caressing her. Though she
does not want to have sex, she is too
intoxicated to resist his actions. He
finally stops when someone enters
Ninety-six percent of female re-
spondents and 92 percent of male re-
spondents agreed this situation is
sexual assault. One student responded
yes, "if she voiced her opinion" on
whether she wanted sex or not.
Michigan rape laws define one
type of rape as when the victim is
physically helpless (drunk), and the
assailant knows this.
Another question gives this sce-
nario: On the night of a man's birth-
day, he want to have sex with his
wife, but when she says no, he calls
her "cold" and "unloving" and slaps
her. He twists her arm and pulls her
hair and forces her to have sex.
Ninety-eight percent of both women
and men who answered the quiz said
this is sexual assault, Kisch said.
However, according to the
"Criminal Sexual Conduct Statues of
the State of Michigan," marital rape
is not illegal.
Susan McGee, an Ann Arbor
resident and member of the Coalition
to End Legalized Rape, said Michi-
gan rape law discriminates against
married women because it does not
equally protect them against sexual
assault. A man in Michigan cannot
be charged with raping his wife un-
less they live apart and have filed for
divorce, she said.
McGee said the group is currently
asking people to write legislators to
change the discriminating law. She
said Lynn Jondahl and Shirley John-
son will present a bill to the
Legislature to nullify marital rape
In a third situation on the quiz, a
man and woman have been dating for
six months, but the woman has con-
sistently said no to sexual inter-
course. While kissing and touching
each other, the man says he's tired of
waiting and says she's "leading him
on" when she refuses again. She in-
sists she really loves him and tries to
push him away, but gets on top of
her, pulls her clothes off, and
Kisch said 96 percent of women
and 95 percent of men agreed this is
Another question on the quiz con-
sists of a male professor threatening
a female student with a low grade if
she doesn't have sex with him. She
says no, but, worried about her
grades and recommendations the prof
will write for her to graduate schools,
she has sex with him under pressure.
Kisch said many students were
undecided whether it was sexual as-
sault, but many commented that it
was sexual harassment. Of quiz re-
spondents, 92 percent of women and
90 percent of men said this was sex-
ual assault, Kisch said.
';I -i -
By THOMAS MACKINNON
Engineering senior John Qudeen,
the new president of the University
Activity Center, hopes to get "more
students involved in the planning
stages of UAC and then actually have
them participate in those events that
Qudeen was appointed president
last Thursday by UAC's Board of
Directors following the surprise res-
ignations of both the president and
vice president of the University's
largest student organization within
the past two weeks.
A vice-president has yet to be ap-
Qudeen replaces interim President
Jim Speta an LSA senior, who re-
turned to his job as Vice President
for Finance. The search for a new
president was sparked when Ann
McClendon withdrew from the Uni-
versity two weeks ago for personal
"I had to drop my classes and you
can not be in UAC if you are not a
student," she said earlier.
Speta then stepped in to
temporarily fill the job and the ensu-
ing power vacuum. He said that it is
not uncommon for an organization
the size of UAC to have a number of
resignations every year.
Qudeen, a transfer student from
the Michigan Technological Univer-
sity, has been a member of UAC for
the past two years. While at Michi-
gan Tech, Qudeen served as President
of the Memorial Union Board.
Qudeen intends to discuss ways to
increase student participation in UAC
sponsored events such as the
production of the musical "Hair."
UAC sponsors and provides
activities for the University commu-
nity. The Michigan Student Assem-
bly funds UAC through the $7:00 fee
The Board of Directors is com-
posed of Brad Borland and Helen
Welford, who serve as Student Or-
ganization Development Center Ad-
visors to UAC; John Brockett, the
Associate Director of the Michigan
Union; Bill Morgan, the Student Or-
ganization Accounts Services coordi-
nator, and the four remaining student
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Brothers Scott (left) and Josh Troy, ages five and nine, cheer for the
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Stadium. The boys are cousins of Michigan gymnast David Kaplan.
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