College, universities, women face sexual assault “Red Zone”

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Students are back on campus this week at Michigan State University. But what’s supposed to be a time for excitement can sometimes lead to a serious problem and a damaging crime.

Classes are back in session at Michigan State University, and reports say sexual assault seems to spike during the first few weeks on campus. Increased independence, alcohol at parties, and a new environment are often to blame.

“I would say August, September, October for the past several years. Those would be — I don’t have the numbers in front of me — but, those would be the big times we get these reported sexual assaults” said East Lansing Police Department Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth.

But assaults aren’t limited to a certain time period. And MSU understands that.

“{It’s called the} sexual assault crisis intervention team. And, what they do is run a 24/7 hotline that’s available for anyone who wants to talk who has any questions about the process. Who maybe isn’t sure if they’ve been assaulted or not but wants to kind of sort it out or if they just want to talk to somebody,” said MSU Sexual Assault Program Advocacy Coordinator Harriet McTigue.

Even after a reported sexual assault this student doesn’t believe MSU does enough.

“They actually just got rid of the Women’s Resource Center and they took away the women’s study lounge,” Junior Chloe Kipel said. “I think that that’s ridiculous that they’re reducing the amount of resources especially for women.”

But, others feel safe on campus.

Freshman Alyssa Stull said, “a lot of good qualities of safety around. The blue lights like is really important also and I feel like they gave transportation options too if you needed to get back to your dorms safe or where ever you needed to go.”

So with police monitoring the start of school, MSU wants you to feel safe but be careful.

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