About Survivor Strong
Survivor Strong provides educational and healing opportunities for survivors of gender-based violence, their allies, and the surrounding community. We work with law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and other community members that receive disclosures or respond to gender-based violence on supporting someone through the aftermath of their abuse with a trauma-informed, victim-centered approach.
It is Survivor Strong’s firm belief that support and community can be a catalyst for healing. In addition to trainings, we educate students, parents, and community members on body safety, healthy relationships, options for survivors, and allyship.
Survivor Strong also provides resources and services for survivors of gender-based violence, because we know the importance of community and support in the healing journey.
Survivor Strong provides educational opportunities for the community and access to holistic healing and support for survivors of gender-based violence.
It is our mission to meet survivors where they are at emotionally in their journey, educate institutions and individuals on how to create a culture that supports survivors and prevents gender-based violence, and advocate for change to ensure equitable access to holistic healing and justice for all community members impacted by gender-based violence.
Survivor Strong trains organizations of all kinds, from hospitals to colleges to law offices, on how to work with survivors of gender-based violence and create systems that are trauma-informed, survivor-centric and prevent assaults before they happen.
Survivor Strong also plans to develop pilot healing and retreat opportunities in Michigan to specifically support survivors of gender-based violence and serve as a model for centers across the country.
We advocate locally and nationally for legal reform on reporting and prosecuting sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Amanda Thomashow is a survivor and advocate who works to create systems that prevent gender-based violence and support survivors. Before founding Survivor Strong, Amanda served as the Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Coordinator for the Michigan Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.
Amanda is on Michigan State University’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Advisory Board, the Wayne County Safe Healing Center Advisory Board, and served as a co-curator for the Finding Our Voice exhibit at the Michigan State University Museum. In 2018, she received ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Paul H. Chapman Award from the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice, and the Humanitarian Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development.
Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, her strength from her mother, her independence from her father, and her courage from learning to love herself. She prefers mountains, fresh air, black coffee, and pup snuggles from her sidekick Ollivander.