WMU Hosts Campus Sexual Assault Summit

Sep 20, 2018

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor Larry in court during his sentencing hearing in Lansing on Aug. 30, 2018, following conviction on charges that he sexually assaulted young women under his care (file photo)
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The fourth annual Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault summit is coming to Western Michigan University. It will be held on Monday, September 24. Organizers say its goal is to inform and empower people who attend.

According to its website, the initiative’s focus is on culture change. The summit organized by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder aims to make Michigan a leader in ending sexual assault on campus and encourage bipartisan cooperation on the issue. It does that through guest speakers and other programs offered to schools.

State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) is a co-chair of the summit. She points to the initiative’s one-million-dollar grant program and Michigan’s progress in tracking the handling of rape kits. Schuitmaker says the summit brings all kinds of people together to work on the same goal.

“It brings together university officials, students, law enforcement, and stakeholders, and legislatures for a great discussion on how to inform students, empower survivors and bystanders and prevent sexual assault on college campuses.”

Schuitmaker also says she thinks the summit will help make college and university campuses around the state safer.

“As a mother who had a daughter who was, I think, a senior that year, it was extremely important to me as a mother to make our college campuses safe. I think it’s important to empower people and to help people and so that we can eradicate all sexual assaults on college campuses.”

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