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Michigan's First Lady Continues to Address Sexual Assaults On Campuses By Hosting a Summit At EMU

Michigan's First Lady Sue Snyder was at Eastern Michigan University Monday for the 3rd annual "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit

"We decided that we needed to do more to support survivors," said Snyder.

The day-long event at the Student Center consisted of breakout sessions that included topics such as preventing sexual violence through positive culture change and the importance of getting rape kits tested in a timely manner.  

First Lady Sue Snyder also unveiled a new handbook created by the Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup. 

"Which will lead you to the sexual assault service providers across Michigan.  Links to websites for each Michigan college/university resources and policies, which is very important because everyone has their own way of doing things," said Snyder.

In 2015, nine rape cases were reported on campus at EMU.  Meanwhile, 18 were reported at the University of Michiganthat same year.

The Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup was created by Snyder, so they can generate ideas on how to end sexual assaults on campus.  The group is made up of college administrators, community leaders, and law enforcement officers. 

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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