I recently partnered with First Lady Sue Snyder and fellow legislators to co-host the Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault summit at the University of Michigan. This is the second event aimed at addressing the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses here in Michigan.
The summit brought together the university community, law enforcement, advocates, and survivors to hear from nationally-known speakers and participate in discussions dealing with this issue.
Topics included hearing from coaches about the role student-athletes play in shaping the culture on campus, talking with high schoolers before they reach campus, discussing the role men need to play in encouraging and educating other men, and changing attitudes about what is and is not consent.
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 survivors more support. We also discussed further changes that we hope to see to get justice for victims.
More information on this summit and the issue of campus sexual assault can be found at www.EndCampusSexualAssault.com