Twenty-nineteen was the birth year of Survivor Strong and it was a good one! Our amazing team began building a strong organizational foundation while providing resources, services, and support to survivors and allies in our community.
The first seven months held everything from creating new partnerships to courtroom advocacy to educating the community about sexual assault prevention and response.We piloted Stronger Together: Building Strength in Community and held our first healing circle in partnership with The Firecracker Foundation.We sat on our first keynote panel and we spoke to our first college class. We were also contacted by our first survivor client and have been providing direct advocacy services for our community ever since.
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Highlights from 2019
Two-thousand-nineteen. It was a year. First there was the anniversary. Then, more court dates, motions to dismiss, victim testimonies, even a conviction. The year was full of constant, painful reminders, broken promises, agonizing discoveries, and at times a general...
Photo by NICK KING/LANSING STATE JOURNAL LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Local victim rights organizations are banding together to educate the public and the Lansing Board of Education about sexual violence. They're hoping a letter and a petition will convince the district not...
Co-curator and sister survivor Amanda Smith believes the award-winning exhibit was successful in raising awareness “on such a taboo topic.”
Sociology, psychology and law enforcement students packed Scholars Hall Tuesday for the inaugural presentation of LEARNing from Survivors, as NMC continues ongoing efforts to empower students by increasing awareness of sexual assault and campus safety.
Former U.S Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to live the rest of his life in prison for multiple instances of sexual assault. Michigan State University Dean William Strampel was charged with willful neglect for knowing...
Survivor Strong will support sexual assault survivors through healing, education and advocacy.
Trinea Gonczar and Amanda Thomashow speak at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.”
In October 2018, Amanda Thomashow and Trinea Gonczar participated in a roundtable discussion with Sister Survivors moderated by ESPN investigative reporter Tisha Thompson.
“‘I’m excited to send a message of hope and empowerment to other survivors,’ said Thomashow, who regards herself as a survivor advocate — not a victim.”
“Amanda [Thomashow] is truly one of the most predominate forces in this courageous movement to end campus violence against women.”