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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder announced Friday plans for a new 24-hour statewide hotline for sexual assault survivors to call for help, counseling, and resources.

“It’s critically important that all survivors of sexual assault have somewhere safe to turn for help,” Sue Snyder said in a press release. “This hotline will connect survivors with a caring, trained professional who can help provide them with the immediate and long-term support they need to begin their journey toward healing.”

Sue Snyder
Sue Snyder

A day-long summit taking place today at Eastern Michigan University will focus on ending campus sexual assault statewide.

The third-annual "Inform, Empower, Prevent: Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit will be hosted by Michigan's First Lady Sue Snyder.

Attendees will take part in a series of panels and networking sessions. They'll hear from experts on topics ranging from supporting sexual assault survivors to how institutions develop investigative processes.

Sue Snyder
Sue Snyder

First Lady Snyder announces her second annual summit to fight campus sexual assault.

Sue Snyder will hold the "Inform, Empower, Prevent: Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit this September after success last year. 

Anna Heaton is the press secretary for Governor Snyder and she says the first lady finds this issue to be a priority.

"Colleges are students' homes away from home and so this is just something, especially now in light of recent events nationally, that we need to continue making a priority," Heaton says.

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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.