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Summit aimed to end college sexual assault set for 2nd year

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jun 14, 2016

To end sexual assault on Michigan's college and university campuses, the "Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let's End Campus Sexual Assault," summit will return for its second-year.

First Lady Sue Snyder announced Tuesday that the summit will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, at the University of Michigan's North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor.

“Putting an end to sexual assaults on our college and university campuses—our student’s homes away from home—is something that needs to continue to be a high priority,” Snyder said. “We have already taken tremendous steps in finding ways to increase awareness and prevention of campus assaults, but there is still more work to be done."

The summit focuses on university officials, lawmakers, law enforcement, students and topic experts to encourage the end of sexual assault on campuses. This year, the high school community will also be added, as well as college groups like Greek life and athletics.

“This summit is an opportunity to continue the important conversations already started and bring together Michiganders who share a common goal of ultimately putting an end to campus sexual assault,” Snyder said.

Since the previous summit, a state Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program was launched. Its focus is to change the overall sexual assault culture with the college students age group. Colleges and universities were able to apply for a portion of a $500,000 grant to create campus sexual assault prevention strategies, and 23 colleges and universities received funding.

To learn more about the summit and its initiates, click here.