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MSU expanding campus sexual assault program

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

A state grant is helping Michigan State University expand its sexual assault program.

The program provides free and confidential individual counseling and support groups to MSU students.

The money is coming from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services, Crime Victim Services Commission. The money will cover the addition of two therapists and two victim advocates.

Expanding the available services for victims of sexual assault was one of the first recommendations made by an advisory workgroup.

MSU has been criticized for its handling of sexual assault allegations in recent years.

The number of clients served by the MSU Sexual Assault Program has more than doubled in the past ten years, steadily increasing from around 260 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 600 in FY 2017.