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Michigan State University creating new program benefiting sexual assault survivors

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Posted at 4:58 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 08:37:50-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan State University is creating a new program that will benefit survivors of sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program will offer 24-hour first-response medical care to sexual assault survivors on campus.

The SANE program will be formed with the development of a new campus Sexual Assault Response Team.

“We conducted a thorough review of programs and services for sexual assault survivors at MSU and concluded that there is no reliable option for post-assault medical support on campus,” said Rebecca Campbell, workgroup chair and psychology professor. “Although there is a SANE and a SART program in the greater Lansing area, they are difficult for MSU community members, particularly students, to access. Given the size of the student body and broader community, we need dedicated 24-hour on-campus programs.”