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Residents Of Washtenaw County Share Their Stories Of Harassment And Abuse

Oct 17, 2017

Credit Safe House Center

"Me too."

Just two words are being used on social media as a way for women--and some men--to share that they've been sexually harassed or assaulted.  It's a national conversation that began following the growing number of complaints of sexual harassment or abuse against Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safe House Center, which provides support for women who've been abused, about the discussion in Washtenaw County.


Barbara Neiss-May is the executive director of Safe House Center
Credit Safe House Center

Niess-May says the abuse is the result of the bigger picture of oppression.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Niess-May says the thousands of "me too" showing up through social media are helping to raise awareness of the problem.

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