Survivor Strong nonprofit announced
A new nonprofit was announced on Monday by two Larry Nassar survivors.
Trinea Gonczar and Amanda Thomashow are co-founding
They say the new organization's goal will be to educate institutions and be advocates for change so sexual assault victims know they aren't alone.
“Support, awareness and advocacy are all things we need to create a world free of sexual violence,” said Gonczar. “These are embedded in Survivor Strong’s core, and we are forming this organization to help survivors and their families receive equitable opportunities for healing and justice.”
“I am so grateful to be able to turn this moment into a movement through Survivor Strong,” said Thomashow. “We have the opportunity to shift society from a culture that enables predators to one that empowers survivors, and we’re ready to get to work.”
Both women have come together for this cause and have shared their story on the national stage.
They can be seen in a documentary that is scheduled to air on HBO on Friday, May 3.
It's called, “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal.”
They plan, through Survivor Strong, to train people in organizations "from hospitals to colleges to law offices on how to work with people who have been sexually assaulted and create systems that are trauma-informed, survivor-centric and prevent assaults before they happen."
They will also work towards legal reform on reporting and prosecuting sexual assault, as well as develop healing and retreat opportunities in the state.