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U-M won’t unplug sex assault crisis line
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After pressure from student activists, the University of Michigan is backing down from a plan to close a 24-hour crisis line for students who suffered sexual assault or abuse.
U-M’s about-face means the hotline will continue to be run by its Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, but it will be staffed by full-time professionals instead of student volunteers. If U-M had closed the hotline, students would have been directed to a local crisis line run by Washtenaw County’s Safe House.
The university also agreed to tap an outside expert to look at the other changes proposed for SAPAC that also drew fire from students. Those changes would allow SAPAC to focus on education, prevention and advocacy surrounding the issue of sexual abuse. Its counselors would be moved to U-M’s general counseling office.