University receives $100,000 in state grants for sexual assault prevention

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 2:30pm

The University of Michigan will receive about $100,000 in state grant funding to combat sexual assault, according to a Tuesday press release.

This is the second year funding from Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and first lady Sue Snyder’s initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses in Michigan has been allocated to the University. The funding will be split between all three University campuses, with $53,505 for the Ann Arbor campus, $9,840 for UM-Dearborn and $34,150 for UM-Flint.

The Snyders announced the continuation of the state grant in October at the second annual “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” summit at the North Campus Research Complex.

Last year, the Ann Arbor campus received $20,003, which it used for the Raise the Bar program — an initiative in which local bar employees participated in bystander intervention training to increase their knowledge of sexual assault and provide them with the skills to intervene in high-risk situations. This year’s $53,505 will go toward creating an application with information for sexual assault to extend the University's current efforts to educate students on bystander intervention, healthy relationships and responsible decision making.

“Funding for the Ann Arbor campus will support the creation of a web-based application that provides information and resources focused on well-being, healthy relationships and sexual violence,” the release says. “The app will reinforce key skills and messages included in university programming, such as Relationship Remix and Change It Up, which are provided to students during their first weeks on campus.”