MSU Museum Exhibit Curated by Survivors Receives Honor

TUESDAY, Oct. 8 — Michigan State University Museum’s “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit was awarded the 2019 Peninsulas Prize last week for its community impact by the Michigan Museums Association.  The exhibit originally opened Apr. 16 and was co-curated by survivors involved in the university’s Title IX fumble, resulting in the indictment of… Continue reading MSU Museum Exhibit Curated by Survivors Receives Honor

Success Story: LEARNing from Survivors debuts at NMC

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.  The presentation by Morgan McCaul and Amanda Thomashow of Michigan-based Survivor Strong addressed establishing boundaries and other characteristics of healthy relationships. Their inclusive, trauma-sensitive approach is personal —… Continue reading Success Story: LEARNing from Survivors debuts at NMC

New Philly-based commission wants to learn from mishandling of cases

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 about the abuse, and not taking action. But survivors of Nassar’s assaults say holding individuals accountable… Continue reading New Philly-based commission wants to learn from mishandling of cases

Nationally Recognized Sister Survivors Form New Nonprofit

By Andy Walker Trinea Gonczar and Amanda Thomashow announced today that they are co-founding Survivor Strong, a new organization that will educate institutions and advocate for change to create a world where sexual assault survivors know they never have to stand alone.  Both Gonczar and Thomashow are survivors of Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics team doctor whose prosecution was… Continue reading Nationally Recognized Sister Survivors Form New Nonprofit

‘Heart of Gold’ Team on Capturing “Historical Moment” for Women

“It feels like maybe our culture is finally shifting. Maybe survivors will be believed, and enablers will be stopped and so will predators. It’s pretty exciting,” Thomashow, who filed the first Title IX complaint against Nassar, told THR. When speaking to the crowd at the premiere, the activist said the film “gives us an amazing opportunity to learn… Continue reading ‘Heart of Gold’ Team on Capturing “Historical Moment” for Women

Survivor Amanda Thomashow steps up in courtroom and Congress

Amanda Thomashow was calmly answering questions Tuesday morning inside an Eaton County courtroom during a preliminary criminal hearing for former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon. Then Thomashow, a victim of MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, suddenly stopped talking. She put her hands over her face and reached for a tissue. A few hours later, Thomashow… Continue reading Survivor Amanda Thomashow steps up in courtroom and Congress

Sister Survivor, Amanda Thomashow, Receives Prestigious Justice Award at Annual Ceremony

Sinas Dramis partner and Michigan sexual assault attorney, Jim Graves, has represented numerous Sister Survivors of the disgraced MSU sports doctor, Larry Nassar, since 2016. He recently had the privilege of nominating his client, Amanda Thomashow, for the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. award.  On September 29, 2018, the Foundation for Improvement of Justice honored sexual assault “Sister Survivor,”… Continue reading Sister Survivor, Amanda Thomashow, Receives Prestigious Justice Award at Annual Ceremony