April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as a part, FEME partnered with the Michigan Forensic Examiners to put on an awareness bingo event.
FEME (Femxle Empowerment & Multicultural Education) is a registered student organization that is committed to promoting the empowerment of women and female-aligned individuals and multicultural education.
Jenna Bailey, a sophomore medical laboratory science major, is the current administrative assistant of FEME and the president-elect. She spoke about what FEME does.
“We have four main branches: professional development, mentorship, multicultural education, and academic support.”
Bailey elaborated on the mission of FEME:
“Not only do we give and provide members with many opportunities to become great leaders, but we also put on events with the goal to provide information about the continuous inequality that women have to go through, as well as knowledge about the many cultures that are in today’s society and what we can learn from them.”
Michigan Forensic Examiners (MFE) is a nonprofit that provides medical forensic exams and post-assault care to victims of
sexual violence. They are staffed with Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) around the clock who can travel to the nearest established location to victims.
The bingo event was held on April 14 in the TSAR with all proceeds going to MFE.
Bailey spoke about why sexual assault awareness is important to our college community.
“The reason we held this event is to spread awareness about the concept of sexual assault,” she said. “College campuses around the country have had heightened rates of sexual assault cases and we think it is important to provide education for not only what sexual assault is, but also the support and help that you can get if something had happened.”
She also has a message for students.
“The main thing we want to tell students is that this is not something to be ashamed of. We want them to be aware that they do not have to stay silent and that there are support systems for them out there.”
Bailey also thanks MFE and FEME.
“I just want to thank the Michigan Forensic Examiners and the rest of the FEME members for helping me put on this amazing event. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
If you have experienced sexual assault, you may seek help by calling MFE at 989-250-0110. All their services are free including testing and medications. Other resources include the State of Michigan’s 24/7 confidential hotline which can be reached at 855-864-2374 and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network hotline at 800-656-4673.
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