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MSU opens new sexual assault health care center

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 14:46:08-05

A new Michigan State University program this week will begin offering free and confidential medical care 24 hours a day to individuals who have experienced sexual assault and seek care within a five-day period.

The MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program facilities are co-located with the MSU Center for Survivors in the Student Services building, according to a news release.

The facility opened for patients Thursday at 9 a.m.

Increased safety measures have been put in place in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The staff members at the Center for Survivors have been talking with community partners about the possibility of creating a community-based sexual assault nurse examiner program in the Lansing area for years,” said Tana Fedewa, director of the Center for Survivors at MSU. “When we became aware of an opportunity to partner with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the dream became a possibility.”

The university’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup recommended MSU create a trauma-informed, inclusive and accessible sexual assault health care program.