November 17, 2020
After three years of hard work, Tana Fedewa (Cohort 2019-2022), Director for the Center for Survivors at MSU, and her team opened the new MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program opened November 12.
In an interview with WLNS 6 News, referring to the comfortable furniture and cool tone wall colors, Tana said that the center was designed in a way so that “when survivors come in they’re not [in] a very sterile medical type space but a comfortable type space.”
Tana went on to tell WLNS 6 News that the center is structured around the patient and will provide victims options including collecting samples for sexual assault kits, referrals to law enforcement or simply an exam. She went to say that “we’re not required to call the police when someone comes, so if somebody goes to the hospital for an exam, the police will automatically be called… people can actually come in and get their medical treatment and get their needs met and then decide later on if they want to release the kit.”
The center is free to all and is funded by the Victim of Crimes Act Fund.