MSU counselor encouraged by White House campus sexual assault report

May 8, 2014

Shari Murgittroyd says it's clear that national advocates and the White House care about the needs of campus sexual assault victims.
Credit Michigan State University

“One in five women is sexually assaulted in college.” That’s the opening statement in a 20-page report released by the White House last week to address the epidemic of sexual assault on our nation’s college campuses. Last week, the U.S. Department of Education also revealed the names of the 55 colleges and universities that the agency is investigating for how they handle sexual assault complaints. As we know, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University were on that list.

Shari Murgittroyd, program coordinator for the MSU Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Program, joins Current State to discuss the report. It was compiled by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

Murgittroyd says universities need to increase safety on campus and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.