September 2016: Campus Safety Awareness Month

WHEREAS, every year, college students in Michigan and throughout the country become victims of sexual assault, stalking, robbery, homicide and other crimes; and,

WHEREAS, all victims of these crimes need to be supported by upholding an ongoing climate of support for them and by holding offenders accountable; and,

WHEREAS, a safe campus and college community requires that university administrators, students, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and mental health professionals work together on sexual assault education, awareness, prevention, reporting and bystander innovation; and,

WHEREAS, finding innovative and effective ways to reduce sexual assaults on campuses across Michigan is extremely important to help end these crimes; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan developed the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program to reduce campus sexual assaults in Michigan by enhancing training and education programs offered by colleges and universities, including allocating $500,000 to this cause for both Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan remains committed to reducing the occurrence of campus sexual assaults as well as changing the culture surrounding this preventable crime by educating the public and working together to create a safer campus environment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as Campus Safety Awareness Month in Michigan.