Annual race benefits MSU’s Safe Place

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Michigan State University’s Safe Place, a program that helps domestic violence survivors, is celebrating 25 years.

Hundreds raised awareness today by taking part in their annual 5k race on campus.

“A lot of people who are struggling with domestic violence or stalking don’t know where to turn and so it’s important to know MSU’s Safe Place is one of the programs in the community that we’re here for anybody that needs it,” said Holly Rosen, the director of MSU’s Safe Place.
 
According to dosomething.org, one in four women will experience domestic or dating violence in their lifetime.

That’s why Rosen wants people who are in trouble to know there’s always somewhere for them to go.

“We have counseling, we have a support group, we have advocacy assistance, and we have shelter,” said Rosen.

“Just thinking about just how many people this has helped, and just we’d like to help more people, you know, and just see this world become a better place,” said race participant Andrew Orians. 

Orians says services like these are crucial to keep people safe.

“If they didn’t have such a place, just imagine where they’d have to go, or couldn’t go anywhere, so they need something,” said Orians.
 
Rosen wants people to know the Safe Place is for everyone, not just MSU students.

“It’s important to understand domestic violence and stalking happens in all communities, it’s not just something that happens at universities or in other communities, it affects all of us,” said Rosen.
 
If you’d like more information about MSU’s Safe Place, head over to Seen on 6.

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