Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Education and efforts continue in Washtenaw County, including this weekend's "Everesting Challenge."  SafeHouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May, and two of the center's board members, will take on the challenge to to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges and money to address them.  Niess-May disucussed all of it in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair. 


For 19 years now, a day in April is reserved for 'Denim Day.'  Its origins stem from a case in France in which a rapist was acquitted because the teenaged female agreed removed her own blue jeans in the course of the assault.  The next day, female lawmakers in the French Parliament wore denim to work in a show of solidarity and disgust.  WEMU's David Fair talks with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County, about where we've come since then and the work that still needs to be done. 


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Wednesday, April 26th is Denim Day, a day to wear jeans with a purpose.

It's a day being observed around the world, including in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Eastern Michigan University Crime Prevention Coordinator Officer Candace Dorsey about local participation.


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Sexual assault is rampant, particularly on college campuses across the country. Washtenaw County has five institutions of higher education. The statistics confirm women in this area are being raped at an alarming rate. WEMU's  David Fair talks with the executive director of Safehouse Center, Barbara Neiss-May, about what is happening here, and what is being done about it.