What “Stay-at-Home” Means for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Contributor: Kelly McClintock As Michigan families spend significantly more time in the home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and consequent stay-at-home orders,​ ​injuries in the home are expected to rise​. But accidental injuries are not the only type of harm on the rise at home; as one might expect, the stay-at-home orders which have… Continue reading What “Stay-at-Home” Means for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Reflection + Being Kind to Yourself

Contributor: Catherine Sherman Diaczok, RN, BSN  Wow. What a weird time, huh? I think many of us, myself included, oscillate between struggling to slow down, and searching for motivation. We’ve all heard (either from our own mouths, or the mouths of others) the variations of,  “I can’t concentrate.” “I didn’t get anything done.” “I’ve just… Continue reading Reflection + Being Kind to Yourself

Social Distancing… But How Distant Are We?

By Casey Sterle In just a few short weeks our world has changed drastically. Days that would have been spent at the office––chatting with other people, sharing jokes and snacks over meetings––and nights at the crowded bar––playing pool and darts––have been replaced by this new thing we call social distancing.   If someone had asked… Continue reading Social Distancing… But How Distant Are We?

Tackling #SAAM With Grace

SAAM 2020 Today marks the 19th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and with it a plethora of opportunities to raise awareness about and demonstrate support for survivors of gender-based violence in your community. Teal ribbons, town halls, and infographics abound. Here at Survivor Strong, we’re doing #SAAM a little differently. The thing about being… Continue reading Tackling #SAAM With Grace

Here’s why survivors, advocates say MSU and U-M have handled sexual abuse scandals similarly

**Original Article by Megan Banta at Lansing State Journal** YPSILANTI – “Here we are, again,” two sexual assault survivors and victim advocates said Thursday morning. Another doctor abusing athletes under the guise of medical treatment. Another Michigan university that created an environment that fostered sexual abuse for decades. Different survivors, and different stories, but the same… Continue reading Here’s why survivors, advocates say MSU and U-M have handled sexual abuse scandals similarly

Feel-Good Meals: Bowties with Spinach and Tomatoes

1) Prepare the vegetables. Mince the garlic, halve the tomatoes, and roughly chop the spinach and basil leaves.  2) Cook the noodles. Cook noodles according to package, for bonus protein use a chickpea based noodle. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before straining and setting aside. 3) Cook the tomatoes While the water starts boiling, heat… Continue reading Feel-Good Meals: Bowties with Spinach and Tomatoes

Feel-Good Meals: Velvety Potato Soup

1) Prepare the vegetables  Peel and dice the potatoes (separate into one .5 lb portion and one 2.5 lb portion), celery, onion, and carrots. Peel and mince the garlic. Focus on the task at hand and find comfort in the rhythm of your chopping.  2) Sauté the vegetables First, heat the olive oil in the large pot on medium high… Continue reading Feel-Good Meals: Velvety Potato Soup

Thomashow: Two years after Larry Nassar’s sentencing, we are stronger together

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 feeling of soul crushing disappointment.  This last year might have actually left us with even more questions than… Continue reading Thomashow: Two years after Larry Nassar’s sentencing, we are stronger together

Victim rights organizations pen letter, petition to Lansing Board of Ed.

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 to give the open superintendent job to a man accused of sexual misconduct.  Survivor Strong and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual… Continue reading Victim rights organizations pen letter, petition to Lansing Board of Ed.