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" the Department of Public Safety;
S u rvivor last year 12 rapes were reported to
continued from Page 1 public safety. Eighty-four rapes were
supportive - in counselling and reported to SAPAC this past year.
sensitivity," said Shears. The University's awareness about
Women are also getting faster care sexual assault has also increased over
in the emergency room since the the last three years. Since the student
program was instituted. Two years sit-in in January 1986, which fo-
ago, women waited up to five or six cused the University's attention on
hours before receiving attention if sexual assault and safety on campus
there were no visual signs of abuse, and demanded prevention programs,
said Steiner. Now, the waiting time sexual assault prevention has be-
has been cut down to one or one and come an increasing priority to the
a half hours. University-.
"Rape is prioritized very high "Three years ago SAPAC had 15
now," said Steiner. "Because the minutes to talk to 150 orientation
nurse/midwives went through train- students at once about sexual as-
ing regarding the medical examina- sault. This summer we had one and a'
tion and sensitivisy, they come half hours to talk to groups of 65
quickly. Obstetrics-gynecological students, as well as programming for
residents, often men, who in the past their pareits," said Steiner.
did the exams, took forever." "Probably the one place on cam-
The increase since 1986 in num- pus that is left for us to break into is
bers of people who seek assault the athletic department," she said.
counselling does not necessarily "I've tried on various occasions to
show an increase in assaults, but talk to coaches and administrators
rather an increase in people's aware- about SAPAC - providing them
ness about rape and in survivors' with programming on sexual as-
comfort in coming forth, due to pro- sault, but nothing yet."
gramming on sexual assault, Steiner
believes. Part of the increase in survivor re-
The year before SAPAC was ports is due to SAPAC's year old
opened, four rapes were reported to 24-hour crisis line.
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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 11,1989-Page 3
'U' President search legal

The University's Board of Regents
acted legally in last year's search for
the University's President, ruled a
local judge last week.
Last year, two area newspapers
brought a suit against the University
claiming that the regents violated the
state's Open Meetings Act.
The Act states that a public leg-
islative body must meet publicly
when the meeting consists of a quo-
rum - more than half of the total
In June 1988, Washtenaw County
Circuit Judge Ross Campbell ruled
in favor of the University when the
Ann Arbor News and Detroit Free
Press in an emergency injunction,
claimed that the regents were violat-
ing the Open Meetings Act by pri-

vately meeting during the outcome.
University's presidential search. Regent Deanne Baker (R - Ann
Last week's ruling officiates Arbor) said the ruling was
Campbell's previous ruling which "a reasonable,_proper decision" and
also denies a request by area newspa- that he is "confident that the
pers for a permanent restraining order University's position will prevail in
against the University. the appeal process."
"This was an expected ruling," But Ed Petykiewicz, editor of the
said Richard Landau, attorney for the Ann Arbor News, remarked, "This
Ann Arbor News. "It was clear that wouldn't inhibit the regents ability
since Judge Campbell was not in- to interview candidates, but it would
clined in our favor, that the issue make life more difficult for them
would be resolved on an appellate since they would be made more ac-
level. It is a subtle point we're de- countable for their actions."
bating," he remarked, "but the search Mike Phillips, president of the
for President is sufficiently impor- Michigan Student Assembly during
tant that it deserves public scrutiny the University's presidential search,
as the Open Meetings Act requires." had even stronger objections. "The
While area newspapers were plan- whole process was a sham. If this
ning an appeal, officials at the was a public forum, controversy
University were pleased with the could have been avoided."

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