University of Michigan staff from across campus gathered Thursday to discuss the impact of the #MeToo movement and how sexual misconduct is viewed and addressed in today’s society.

Sarah Wagner, chair of the WeListen Staff Series of which the discussion was a part, said sexual assault and sexual misconduct is a topic “that affects nearly everyone, in just about every field.”

“As with all of our sessions, we’re hoping to reduce the stigma of talking about topics like this,” said Wagner, who is also the graduate program coordinator in LSA’s Department of Psychology.

During the WeListen event, staff members discussed a variety of topics, including how victims and perpetrators of sexual misconduct are treated based on social identities such as race; due process and the power of public opinion in sexual misconduct cases; the importance of believing survivors; and the need to address the ways in which sexual misconduct is structurally embedded institutions.

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