the detroit news: to fight campus assault, use prevention

First lady Sue Snyder has made tackling campus sexual assault her main cause, and on Monday she hosted the third annual summit aimed at preventing misconduct at Michigan’s universities. The event was held at Eastern Michigan University. “Michigan is a national leader in addressing campus sexual assault, and I’m excited to continue these important conversations to make our state’s campuses — our students’ homes away from home — safer,” Snyder said in a statement.

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wlns tv 6: campus sexual assault summit takes place during changes from trump administration

6 News was at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti for the event, asking about the work they’re doing and how a recent move from the Trump administration is impacting them. “How do we help these survivors, what do we do, what don’t we do,” said Sue Snyder.

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fox 2 detroit: summit held for ending campus sexual assault

"If people don't talk about it ever happening, how do you deal with it," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "A big part of the first step you need to do is you need to have honesty about how bad this problem is and what the ramifications are. You need to create an environment where you can talk about it. Because that's when you can change the culture.


cbs detroit: michigan's first lady holds annual summit against sexual assault on campus

As part of her third annual statewide summit on sexual assault on campus, Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder said there needs to be an additional focus beyond supporting victims, specifically the need for a culture change on campuses. “Today we are not allowing victims to be blamed or shamed into feeling like being assaulted was their fault,” Snyder said during today’s summit.                                                                                


 nbc25 news: Michigan's first lady hosts summit on ending campus sexual assault                    

College students, survivor advocates, law enforcement and for the first time, high schoolers. They all came together Monday at Eastern Michigan University for first lady Sue Snyder's third annual summit, "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault."It's a diverse group of people working to inform and prevent sexual assault from happening on campuses across the state of Michigan.                            

The Michigan Daily: Summit brings bipartisan support to end sexual assault on campus

“We all must work together to create an environment where survivors feel safe and encouraged to be heard,” Snyder said. With a new initiative headed by Michigan first lady Sue Snyder, sexual assault on college campuses is set to face spirited bipartisan activism, as discussed at the third annual sexual assault prevention summit at Eastern Michigan University.

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detroit news: Sex assault prevention summit takes on college culture

"The day-long event, known as “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault,” seeks to change the culture on college campuses through education, awareness and involving more people, such as students and other leaders. Held at the University of Michigan, the summit attracted advocates, lawmakers, athletes and students to address a problem on colleges campuses that until recently was stigmatized and not discussed openly."

MLIVE: Sue Snyder: We have to talk about campus sexual assault

"When we walked into that room last year, everybody was just deadpan and nobody really knew what to expect, because nobody wanted to talk about it," Snyder said. "We got up there and started saying this is a critical issue and we've got to be free to talk about it. We have to talk about it, we've got to get the students involved. I think it opened up a big door. This year it's just free-flowing and it's really come a long way."


“I would say this is your children’s home away from home, the college campuses,” said the First Lady. “Being a mom, being a dad, you care about the well-being of your children, the safety of your children and your your friend’s children. Your brothers, your sisters, everybody step up help change this culture because we need to do this to make those college campuses safe for the kids. This is their home away from home and it’s just the bystander intervention is such a big thing. And you’ve got to be aware of what’s going on around you and you can change that culture that’s the big thing."


MIChigan daily: Manuel, Hutchins speak at summit about sexual assault prevention

"Manuel said the athletic department has already undergone efforts to educate student-athletes about sexual assault, and he reported that early results of the athletes’ understanding of the University’s sexual assault policies were positive.

“It’s really important for all of us to educate and to understand, to train in bystander training, that this is not just an issue that we walk away from — that message that if you see something, say something, stop something,” Manuel said.

MLIVE: Treatment of sexual assault victims 'appalling,' says Michigan's first lady ahead of summit

"I think that most parents can relate to this concern and a strong desire to know that their children are safe," Snyder told MLive in an interview this week.

And while most parents may be concerned, most parents don't have the influence that Snyder wields. As first lady she has visited campuses, convened a summit and secured a total of $1 million in funding to combat campus sexual assault.


MICHIGAN DAILY: Governor, first lady discuss sexual assault at campus summit

"Changing the culture surrounding sexual assault and encouraging students to seek help is a primary concern for her, Sue Snyder said. She said it is unacceptable for colleges to have an atmosphere that doesn’t give the proper respect to survivors and makes students afraid to speak up about sexual assault."