State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, discusses ways we can reduce sexual assaults on Michigan’s campuses, while also increasing the reporting at the “Let’s End Sexual Assault Summit” on Monday. Schuitmaker also thanked First Lady Sue Snyder for leading the important initiative.
Schuitmaker said sexual assaults on college campuses are underreported and we have to do everything we can to make sure victims feel comfortable coming forward. Michigan’s 15 public universities all use different reporting procedures, and a standardized set of rules would go a long way in increasing the number of victims reaching out and giving a report on their assailant. An alarming number of students are victims of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years, and only a small percentage of those assaults are ever reported.
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