THE ARMY OF SURVIVORS BLOG

WE AIM TO CREATE A CULTURE WHERE SURVIVORS ARE BELIEVED AND SUPPORTED. BELOW ARE BLOG POSTS WRITTEN BY THE ARMY OF SURVIVORS TEAM MEMBERS, ALLIES, AND EXPERTS IN THE SPORTS AND PSYCHOLOGY WORLDS.

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The Army of Survivors shares our support, care and concern for the many survivors who were today once again reminded of the trauma they experienced by former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.
On Thursday, June 24 at 4 p.m. ET, the Army of Survivors is partnering with 1Life Fully Lived for the 1Life ROADMAP Experience.
The Army of Survivors is proud to partner with the Sport and Rights Alliance (SRA), a coalition of leading global non-governmental organizations whose goal is to promote the rights of everyone who is affected by sports.
The Army of Survivors unequivocally opposes all proposed legislation that bans transgender athletes from participating in sports and calls on state legislators to stand up for trans students nationwide by voting no on such bills.
Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW, a national leader in the field of the prevention and intervention of gender-based violence, has joined the Army of Survivors as Executive Director. Rivers-Cochran brings with her over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
Our organization is excited to have Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran, MSW, as our new Executive Director. We caught up with Julie Ann in her first few weeks to learn more about her.
Content warning: Mention of abusers names, death by suicide, and sexual violence. For immediate support contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at: 800-656-4673 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 800-273-8255.
Knowing what I know now, I feel a responsibility to share some of the advice that I wish I had been given, advice that could have prevented some of my injuries, improved my mind-body relationship, and potentially lengthened the time of my dancing career.
It seems that we are all waiting for something. Waiting for 2021. Waiting for things to feel normal. Waiting for better times. Our lives have undoubtedly become smaller, our work, our social lives, and our alone time all confined to the same space, but this means that every activity that we do becomes a little larger, a little more meaningful.
While it has been a tough year, there is so much TAOS is grateful for. This Giving Tuesday, we ask that you help us continue the work that we are doing to #ProtectChildAthletes in sport. The following are a few ways you can continue to support us in our mission to raise awareness, accountability, and transparency to sexual violence against athletes at all levels:
By becoming mindful of our breathing we can calm the mind and energize the body, reducing afflictions and bringing balance into our lives.
With the coronavirus pandemic isolating the world, it can be even more difficult for survivors to gain access to the resources they need. Michigan State University mental health services are working hard to have their help be accessible virtually.
Everyone suffering from PTSD has a unique story and different needs for treatment and support. Changing your home surroundings and making some lifestyle adaptations can help you manage your symptoms. PTSD isn’t a sign of weakness, so have patience with yourself and try different things… Overcoming PTSD (does not have) a fast solution, but there are things you can do around your home and in your lifestyle to help you cope better on a daily basis.
We took some time to sit down with producer, author, former gymnast, and current CMO of Levi’s Jennifer Sey. We talked about her personal experience in the gymnastics world, her book, and her new film, Athlete A, out on Netflix now.
At TAOS our mission to end sexual violence in sport is inevitably intertwined in the intersectionalism of race. Our work can not be done without listening, learning, and critically examining the voices and experiences of those who are oppressed in this country. In order to recognize the voices of those doing culturally specific work and advocacy, we must lift up organizations in our community beyond ourselves. We will work to seek justice as a community in order to create the change needed to end violence everywhere.