Emmons applauds grants for CMU, Ferris State programs to prevent sexual assault

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Judy Emmons announced that Central Michigan University and Ferris State University have been awarded grants from a from a new grant program to begin implementing new campus sexual assault prevention strategies.

“These grants are the latest step to make Michigan a leader in the fight against sexual assault, especially at our colleges and universities,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “Students come to our institutions of higher education to better themselves and prepare for a successful career. I applaud First Lady Sue Snyder for leading this initiative and for the leaders at CMU and Ferris State for coming up with new and innovative ideas to keep our students safe.”

In an effort to help reduce sexual assault on campuses in Michigan, all public and non-public universities and colleges were encouraged to apply for the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program (CSAGP) by Oct. 1.

On Wednesday, First Lady Sue Snyder announced that 23 schools would receive a portion of the $500,000 available in funding. The grant awards are the next step in the First Lady’s “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault.” initiative.

CMU will receive $33,435 for the Peer-to-Peer Sexual Assault Prevention Pilot Program and Ferris State will get $10,000 for its #Bulldog Prevent program.

The CSAGP is a competitive grant program based on eligibility, project description, budget narrative, goals, objectives and performance measures. All applications were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of representatives from the governor’s executive office, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment board.

For additional background, information and videos regarding the “Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” initiative, visit www.endcampussexualassault.com.