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."