Ferris State gets grant to fight sex assault


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Ferris State University received nearly $40,000 in state grant money to help in the fight against sexual assault.

The university says it will use the money for educational programs that will target new students, athletes and participants in sororities and fraternities.

The money comes from former Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder’s “Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault” program. The program has provided grants for at least 22 colleges in the state, including a large grant for Grand Valley State University awarded last year.

Ferris State has launched an “anti-violence coalition” that will help spread a message against sexual assault throughout campus. Some 35 students went through intensive training to be a part of the group.

“There’s no place that it’s OK, especially on a college campus,” Adam Petrowitz, a peer educator with the anti-violence coalition, told 9&10 News out of Cadillac.

The university will host workshops to educate students and staff, the first of which is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at the University Center.

—9&10 News contributed to this report.

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