For the third year in a row, I partnered with First Lady Sue Snyder and fellow legislators to co-host the Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault summit at Eastern Michigan University. This annual event is aimed at addressing the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses here in Michigan.
The summit brought together university leaders, law enforcement officials, legislators, students, advocates, and survivors to hear from nationally-known speakers and participate in discussions dealing with this issue.
Our state has been a leader with response to untested sexual assault evidence kits, sexual assault evidence kit tracking, and other sexual assault initiatives. Topics for this year’s summit included emerging policy issues related to sexual assault in Michigan, support services for sexual assault victims, and legal options to provide victims with justice.
I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion with fellow legislators about policy changes that have been enacted to give law enforcement better tools to investigate these cases and provide survivors more support. We also discussed further changes that we will pursue to keep college campuses safe.
More information on this summit and the issue of campus sexual assault can be found at www.EndCampusSexualAssault.com