Campus Assault Prevention
First Lady Sue Snyder believes Michigan can and should become a leader in the fight against campus sexual assault. In June of 2015, she hosted the state’s inaugural “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit in downtown Lansing.
The day-long sexual assault prevention summit was the first step in an ongoing state initiative to inform communities and stakeholders, empower individuals and prevent assaults among the college age population.
“Our colleges and universities are already doing a lot of good work but there is always more that can be done. It is my hope we can change the culture surrounding assault, encourage collaborative problem solving and identify current best practices in an effort to lessen assaults on college and university campuses,” Snyder said.
The summit brought together university representatives, state legislators, law enforcement officials, students and national experts for a day of learning, conversation and collaboration in an effort to identify current best practices and discuss problems.
The first lady hosted a second summit at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2016, and plans to host another event in 2017.
Through her “Inform. Empower. Prevent” initiative, the first lady partnered with the Michigan State Police to create the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program as a way for students to take back what they learned at the summit and develop their own programs to implement at school. To date, more than one million dollars have been allocated from Michigan’s general fund to support innovative, student-driven assault awareness and prevention programs on Michigan’s college and university campuses.
Visit www.endcampussexualassault.com for the latest on this initiative.