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Washtenaw County In The Era Of #MeToo

Oct 11, 2018

(L)- Barb McQuade, University of Michigan Law Professor, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and Safehouse Center Board member. (R)-Barbara Niess-May, executive director of Safehouse Center
Credit David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

A year has passed since the #MeToo movement brought more attention to sexual assault and harrassment.  WEMU's David Fair talks to Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May and U of M law professor and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastrern District of Michigan Barb McQuade about how the movement has emboldened survivors and launched a conversation that will create positive change in the years to come.  


SafeHouse Center has seen a marked increase in survivors seeking help and support such as:

  • Since 2016, Sexual Assault Response Team calls to the hospital are up 61% just in these 8 months—on track to a 100% increase
  • In 2018, 50% increase in requests for shelter and for sexual assault services over 2017
  • 2017 calls for shelter:  1763,  2018 calls for shelter 2266 to date, up 29% in  eight months.
  • Counselors are increasing their caseload by 25% to meet the demand

If you, or someone you know, needs help there are resources available:

If the emergency is immediate, call 9-1-1. 

Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County -24-hour help line: 734-995-5444

Counseling and Legal Services

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu