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Resources for sexual assault survivors continue during virus

Counseling, advocacy and resources for survivors of sexual assault remain available during the COVID-19 crisis, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday.

Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 855-VOICES4, continues to operate and provide 24/7, free, confidential and anonymous support to survivors of sexual assault, their family, and friends.

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“Providing support for Michigan’s survivors of sexual assault is an essential service that remains in place during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Whitmer said. “It’s important to make sure that survivors are aware of these resources – in April and throughout the year.”

Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 855-VOICES4, was launched in 2018 to provide immediate crisis counseling and referrals to local community-based sexual assault programs and programs that provide sexual assault medical forensic examinations across the state. Last year at the annual Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault summit, Gov. Whitmer announced an expansion to the hotline that now allows survivors to text 866-238-1454 for counseling support.

Raising public awareness about sexual assault, and educating communities about how to prevent it, are the center of the national campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is broadly defined as any form of unwanted sexual contact obtained without consent. National statistics show that one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.


ABA webinar explores COVID-19 pandemic through lens of Asian American perspective

The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “COVID 19: Threats to Democracy and to Public Safety Through the Lens of the Asian American Experience,” on Monday, April 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. EDT.

The webinar is sponsored by Stop Repeating History, a project of the MTYKL Foundation and ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, which is offering a series of free webinars exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting critical legal issues of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, and economic concerns, among others.

Topics in this program include:

• Discussion about an uptick in discriminatory, racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans

• An examination of the nation’s history of racial scapegoating

• The consequences when alternative facts are substituted for evidence and scientifically supported data

• The role of the media during a pandemic

• How to stand together to simultaneously defeat COVID-19 and preserve democracy

Speakers include:

Donald Tamaki, managing partner, Minami Tamaki LLP; Matt Stevens, political reporter, The New York Times; Helen Zia, author, “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People”; Karen K. Narasaki, former commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (moderator).


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