sexual assault

State House committee considers bill aimed at requiring sexual harassment settlements in the Legislature be made public

BY: - June 10, 2021

A bill that would make some information about settlements regarding sexual harassment in the Legislature available to the public stirred discussion in the House Oversight Committee Thursday. House Bill 4920, introduced by House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), states that “if a settlement agreement that provides for the payment of money is entered following […]

#MeToo was founded by a Black woman. So why are BIPOC voices often missing on the issue?

BY: - April 27, 2021

Inforum Michigan, a leading women’s organization, was recently holding a virtual information session to discuss the issue of sexual assault when Kalimah Johnson happened to stumble on the conversation via social media. Given that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, who is African American, was a featured guest, Johnson […]

New unit launched at Interior to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

BY: - April 3, 2021

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. Interior Secretary Debra Haaland, the first Indigenous person to lead the agency, announced Thursday the formation of the Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of […]

After MSU withholds Nassar documents, AG closes investigation

BY: - March 29, 2021

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday that Michigan State University (MSU) officials refusing voluntarily waive privilege to thousands of documents involving disgraced former Dr. Larry Nassar means her inquiry is complete.  “We have used every legal mechanism available to us — including going to court — to secure the remaining documents needed for our […]

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities

BY: - March 7, 2021

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 3/7/21 When oil and gas companies employ hundreds of out-of-town, typically male workers to work on pipeline projects, an uptick in that area’s rates of sexual violence and sex trafficking usually follows. That’s becoming a concern for Michigan’s Indigenous people, who cite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s impending Line 5 pipeline tunnel project […]

Bergman wins ‘Trumpiest’ Michigan lawmaker in Axios rating

BY: - October 15, 2020

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) was elected in 2016 when now-President Donald Trump won Michigan. And now Bergman has the highest loyalty rating for Trump of Michigan’s GOP congressional members in an index developed by national political outlet Axios. The “Trump Loyalty Index” for Republicans in Congress measures both voting loyalty, based on FiveThirtyEight data, and […]


Column: Congress must help abused children during the COVID-19 crisis

BY: - August 6, 2020

As Congress debates a $1 trillion package for additional pandemic relief, the COVID-19 virus is unleashing a separate pandemic — one in which many children are facing more physical and sexual violence. This crisis is one Congress can address by putting some of the relief funding toward the fight against child exploitation. The Rape, Abuse […]

Survivors say DeVos Title IX rules may have let MSU off the hook

BY: - June 23, 2020

Michigan survivor advocates joined U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) during a Monday roundtable to discuss the upcoming implementation of a new federal Title IX final rule handed down in May by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Caucus hosted the roundtable to talk about potential harm posed to survivors by the […]

With Whitmer’s support, Nessel joins suit challenging DeVos Title IX rules

BY: - June 8, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s backing, is filing a lawsuit alongside 17 other attorneys general to dispute new Title IX federal rules handed down from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Nessel and states’ attorneys general say the new guidance “strips students of longstanding protections against sexual harassment” and violates Title […]

Abuse survivors, people of color face unique barriers in wearing masks

BY: - May 27, 2020

There is no criminal penalty for failing to wear a face mask in public spaces in Michigan, but businesses and venues can refuse people entrance without one, per Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s mask order that went into effect late in April.  State and federal health officials have stressed that face masks can help prevent the spread […]

DeVos finalizes sexual assault rules that critics say ‘roll back the clock’ 

BY: - May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos finalized rules Wednesday that the administration says will improve due process in campus sexual assault cases, but that critics warn could discourage victims from coming forward. The new regulations expand rights for people accused of sexual misconduct on college campuses and make other changes to federal regulations governing schools’ obligations to […]

Resources available for domestic, sexual violence survivors amid COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - April 9, 2020

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Michigan’s Sexual Assault Hotline, 855-VOICES4, is still operating 24/7 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Providing support for Michigan’s survivors of sexual assault is an essential service that remains in place during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The hotline was launched in 2018 to provide immediate crisis counseling […]