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Governor Gretchen Whitmer Attends Sexual Assault Summit At EMU

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was the keynote speaker Tuesday morning at the fifth annual "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit held at Eastern Michigan University.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.

"I still carry the weight of what happened to me almost 30 years ago."

Governor Whitmer told a crowd of over 300 people at the student center that she is a survivor of sexual assault.  The incident took place her freshman year of college, so she encourages universities to address the issue and offer services to victims.  She says the goal is to reach all those who've been affected by sexual assault.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer: As hard as it is for any assault victim to come forward, it's maybe even harder for men who are victims too. So I think that's why the outreach has been so inclusive.

In addition to making calls, the "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" campaign now allows individuals to text to request services.  To get help, click here

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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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