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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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