Students, leaders gather for summit on campus sexual assaults

Michigan's first lady leads a summit on campus sexual assaults at the University of Michigan

Hundreds of people are gathered at the University of Michigan today for a different kind of “class” – one aimed at stopping sexual assault on college campuses.

It’s the second annual meeting, which was organized by Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder.

“Sexual assault is a sensitive topic that has rightfully gained national attention, and I’m proud that Michigan is a leader in addressing this issue,” she said in a press release. “I’m honored to be hosting another summit that will continue our goal to change the culture surrounding assault in order to ultimately end sexual assault on our college and university campuses.”

It’s a family affair for the Snyders: Governor Rick Snyder made remarks this morning, and the Snyders’ daughter Kelsey – who is a junior at the University of Michigan – is stepping into the spotlight for the first time.

The event is being co-hosted by state lawmakers and public universities across the state. It will focus on everything from high school students to fraternities and sororities to athletics.

The event is taking place one day after Michigan State University released statistics on sexual assaults and after reports of several sexual assaults at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, near Grand Rapids.

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6 News is at the summit. We’ll have a report on the summit on 6 News at 5 and an exclusive interview as Sheri Jones sits down with Sue and Kelsey Snyder tonight on 6 News at 6.

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