violence against women

Female Genital Mutilation Bills Pass State Senate

May 17, 2017
State Capitol - file photo
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers are quickly pushing through female genital mutilation legislation. 

State Capitol - file photo
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) Lawmakers are moving fast to ramp up prison time for female genital mutilation. 

State Senator Margaret O'Brien - file photo
WMUK

A state Senate committee holds a hearing Tuesday on bills to outlaw female genital mutilation in Michigan. It’s already a federal crime with a penalty of up to five years in prison. The bill’s sponsors say that’s not tough enough. But, a lot of experts say a tougher law may not be enough to deter an entrenched cultural and religious practice.


Campaign is in connection with sexual assault awareness month

Gordon Evans, WMUK

WMUK’s Gordon Evans reported on the One-Billion rising event to raise awareness about violence against women. He also spoke with Susan Reed, supervising attorney for the Michigan Immigrants’ Rights Center and Megan Reynolds, managing attorney of the Battle Creek office of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. 

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