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
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