sexual assault

MacRae Speakers

How to reduce sexual and verbal assaults against women on college campuses and in the military? Gender violence expert Jackson Katz says it'd help if society encouraged men to speak up when they witness attacks. Katz calls this the "bystander approach," which he says he helped pioneer in the '90s and is now commonplace. Katz will talk about the connection between "Violence and Silence" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 at Western Michigan University's 2452 Knauss Hall.


Kevin Lavery, WKAR

If some Democrats in Lansing get their way, all high school sex education classes would teach that “yes means yes” when it comes to sex. 

"Universities would have to notify the police of sexual assault reports they receive before launching internal investigations, under proposed federal legislation. If police weren't notified, the universities couldn't act." (Detroit Free Press)

State Offers Sexual Assault Prevention Grants

Aug 6, 2015

The state is asking colleges and universities to submit proposals to help prevent campus sexual assaults. It will award $500,000 in grants to help fund programs that are approved.

First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the effort. She detailed the grant process during a press call on Wednesday.

“The grants will be rewarded to schools with innovative, different, and forward-thinking project proposals who also showcase the spirit of collaboration in their project proposals,” said Snyder.


Western Michigan University President John Dunn says the university’s new policy on reporting sexual assault on campus is one that other schools should emulate.