ANN ARBOR, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder was joined by her daughter at the sexual assault summit today in Ann Arbor.
6 News anchor Sheri Jones sat down for a one-on-one interview with both Sue Snyder and daughter Kelsey on why they are spearheading the effort to fight sexual assaults.
“Once you get the education, the background that you need to speak up and really try and make a difference because I think that’s what we’re doing here today and with the number of people here it’s unbelievable,” said Kelsey Snyder. “I mean, I can’t even imagine with the numbers that we would get of people getting more educated, be more willing to speak up.”
Sue and Kelsey Snyder understands the opportunity they have to reach moms and daughters in and out of universities and has a message for them.
“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. Inform, empower and provide.”
“It’s not easy conversation and there’s one dimension that parents it’s not easy for them to speak up,” adds Kelsey. “So use it for them to talk to their children about it and that’s anything with sexual education so I think first and foremost would be parents getting that education that they want to teach their kids and everything but it’s really a group effort and I think that involves everybody including faculty, administration, parents, siblings, and I think it’s just down the chain.”