Center for Survivors


Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Program has a new name: The Center for Survivors.
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Coming soon: “Justice Heals,” a four-phase, animal-assisted intervention (AAI) program to pair survivors with shelter dogs.

Michigan State University is proud to announce that three members of our community—Marie Hopfensperger, DVM, DACVB, with the College of Veterinary Medicine; Tana Fedewa, LMSW, director of the MSU Center for Survivors; and Megan Spedoske, LMSW, director of Veterinary Social Work Services with the School of Social Work—have been selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Leadership Program.

MSU program to pair sexual assault survivors with shelter dogs

This team of women are set to launch the “Justice Heals” program. It’s named after the original support dog Justice and their goal is to pair survivors with shelter dogs. Hopfunsperger said, “This is one way that we can add an additional and perhaps connect with someone who may not feel like a traditional therapy environment is the right fit for them. She said, “What grows out of a horrible situation I hope is a community engagement and a university engagement for doing better and helping the survivors in our community. “
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New Program Brings Best Practices in Sexual Assault Response to Campus

The MSU Center for Survivors is partnering with the RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup, Dr. Jenifer Markowtiz, and a SANE Advisory Board to create the MSU Sexual Assault Healthcare Program. – Opening SPRING 2020
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Our Space is for Survivors

We want survivors to know that our space is for them. We want survivors to find community where they belong and where they are valued.”