The Michigan State University Museum and The Army of Survivors have partnered to launch a roundtable discussion series to raise awareness and provide education on the effects of sexual violence. The series will kick off on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Four sessions will be held at the MSU Museum and one session will be held at the MSU Detroit Center.
Museum Director Mark Auslander remarks, “The Museum is delighted to be partnering with the Army of Survivors, an important advocacy organization for survivors of sexual violence. We are especially delighted that sister survivors will be participating in every one of these sessions, in conversation with scholars, practitioners, and other advocates.”
The five-panel series, which will continue into the spring, will touch on topics including trauma, consent, and healing. The discussions will also explore resisting sexual violence through a racial justice lens, and journalism coverage through a sexual violence crisis. Panelists include Kate Wells from Michigan Radio’s podcast “Believed,” Rebecca Campbell, a MSU professor of psychology known for her research pertaining to sexual assault and violence against women and children, and survivor and advocate Amanda Thomashow, who filed the title IX investigation against Nassar in 2014. Our own Louise Harder, Dr. Danielle Moore, and Melissa Hudecz will also be part of the panels.
The Army of Survivors will be working with a group of students in their senior year at the Ross School of Business in a capstone project. These students are part of a program called MAP where they help businesses to understand and diagnose a real life business problem. To find out more about the program see: https://michiganross.umich.edu/programs/map/information-for-sponsors/capstone
We partner with Reclaim MSU in order to continue to call attention to the permeated culture of corruption at Michigan State University in an effort to reform the collegiate sports culture universally and to increase accountability.
We are currently working with the MSU Relationship Violence, and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Group (RVSM) in order to create a program within The Army of Survivors which lends our advise as survivors to projects or organizations who request it. This started with creating resources for survivors and for organizations on a trauma-informed approach to meetings (see the resources here), and has then followed through with the development of an application (see application here) for survivor input that can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
September 2018 - Present
The organization worked with Champion Women to put out a renewed call for complete cultural change in the USOC, and restructuring of leadership. The goal was to get changes to the Sports Act so that athletes are not dependent of the benevolence of the USOC board and executives, and that athletes’ authority is part of the architecture of the Olympic movement.
Projects in the works
Dr. Danielle Moore will be researching more about the prevalence of sexual violence in sport, and its effect. Many of the statistics that can be found online are out of date by five or more years. It is our goal to have these statistics up on our website in the next few weeks.
Research on the prevalence of sexual violence in sport
Est. February 2019
The exhibition at MSU, “Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak,” honors the survivors’ continuing struggle to call public attention to sexual violence, and to promote dignity, healing, and positive transformation locally and globally. The director of the museum, Mark Auslander, has requested that The Army of Survivors be a part of the exhibition by providing material and resources for the public. The exhibit, underwritten by Grewal Law PLLC, will open to the public on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. and will run through March 20, 2020.
Est. April 2019-March 2020