LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in recognition of that today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Lab to see what role it plays in bringing justice to survivors of sexual assault.
Governor Whitmer says sexual assault crimes affect all of us in one way or another, and as a survivor herself, she wants people to be aware about the strides the state is taking to help people like her.
The Governor took a look at how sexual assault kits are processed and the software used to show the results.
She says it’s important to have resources for survivors so they feel more comfortable coming forward and sharing what happened to them.
“I think that it’s personal to all of us and it should be,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Every one of us knows or will know someone who is a survivor of sexual assault, and that’s why it’s critical that as a state we are partnering with and pursing cutting edge tactics to preventing and holding the people that conduct, that create these assaults accountable.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Governor Gretchen Whitmer toured the Michigan State Police Forensic Science lab in hopes of highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Gov. Whitmer says the purpose of this tour was to bring awareness and justice to survivors of sexual assault, as well as learn about the role Michigan takes in sexual assault kit submission and software.
6 News reporter Dana Whyte will have more on the Governor’s visit tonight on 6 News at 5.