1. Every Two Minutes


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    Every two minutes a person is sexually assaulted within the United States. The documentary, Every Two Minutes, features the stories of sexual assault survivors as they illustrate the struggles surrounding this unspoken issue within our society. As both men and women bravely break the silence, their varying stories reveal similar themes that extend beyond our culture’s traditional understanding of this violence. From every age, gender, and socioeconomic class, these survivors bring a face to the incredibly prevalent, yet under-reported, population of survivors. Among the film’s diverse group of survivors is Michigan’s Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer. Breaking her own silence surrounding her college sexual assault during a ‘Right to Life’ debate on the Senate floor, Whitmer has become an advocate for those affected by sexual assault. In the film, Whitmer discusses her experiences as a newly recognized survivor and expresses the importance of shifting blame to the perpetrator, taking action, and rising for justice. Interspersed with survivor testimonials are interviews with therapists, nurses, police, and sexual assault advocates as they unveil the largely unacknowledged community of people victimized by sexual assault. Advocates, often students, of the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team are followed during 24-hour shifts for the program’s crisis hotline and medical advocacy response unit. The advocacy emergency response bag presents as a silent narrative within the film. As the bag weaves through the various stories and testimonials of those immersed in responding to sexual violence, it serves a constant reminder that sexual assault is not an abstract problem, but one that occurs within our communities every day. Every Two Minutes is a call for change in the way we view, educate, and treat those affected by sexual assault. The film asks us to tear down the myths and rape schema popularly illustrated within our society, and, finally, to listen and believe. www.everytwominutesfilm.com facebook.com/everytwominutesfilm twitter.com/every2min

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    • City Pulse Newsmakers S2 Ep33


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      Join the City Pulse crew in the latest edition of City Pulse Newsmakers with special guest, Gretchen Whitmer.

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      • Vote4Biz Spotlight: Gretchen Whitmer


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        Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer talks with Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.

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        • Michigan's Legislative Leaders: Reinventing State Policy


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          Paul W. Smith speaks with a panel of Michigan legislators including Jase Bolger, Tim Greimel, Randy Richardville and Gretchen Whitmer at the 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference.

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          • When Vaginas Took Back the Capitol!


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            On June 18, a special performance of "The Vagina Monologues" took place on the Michigan Capitol Steps featuring Eve Ensler, Michigan Senators & Representatives, local activists, & actors. The event was part of an organized response to the June 14th banning of Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown from publicly speaking in the House. Rep. Brown was banned by House Speaker Jase Bolger & House Republicans for using the word "vagina" during a debate on a bill that puts new restrictions on abortion providers. Over 5,000 people arrived on the Michigan Capitol lawn to send a message to their elected representatives that banning ‘vagina’ will not be tolerated & will be remembered in November. V-Day would like to send a special shout out to the amazing women in Michigan who made this event possible: Rep. Lisa Brown; Rep. Barb Byrum; Sen. Rebekah Warren; Sen. Democratic Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer; and Wa-Louisa Hubbard and Carla Milarch, and all of the other actors and legislators who performed THANK YOU!!

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