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Washtenaw County In The Era Of #MeToo

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David Fair
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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

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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