THE ARMY OF SURVIVORS FAQ

WHAT IS THE ARMY OF SURVIVORS CURRENTLY WORKING ON?

The Army of Survivors is working to provide resources to survivors and their allies, advocate for culture change, educate the community, and build sustainability within the organization. To see some of the goals we are working on right now, take a look at our strategic plan.

ARE YOU ADVOCATING ONLY FOR ATHLETE SURVIVORS?

While our mission is to bring awareness, accountability, and transparency regarding sexual violence against athletes at all levels, our aim is for our work to impact survivors of any type of sexual violence. We distribute and create resources, advocate throughout nation by educating leaders on laws and bills that protect athletes from sexual violence, and bring more education and awareness to sexual violence. Our partnerships with other organizations and on broader projects that support our mission ensure that we support all survivors, with our organization filling the void and broadcasting the voices of survivors in sport. If you need additional support, please click here for resources.

ARE YOU ADVOCATING FOR ATHLETE SURVIVORS ONLY IN MICHIGAN?

No. We strive to have a national impact with our work.

How is my money used?

The Army of Survivors focuses on creating resources, on advocacy, and on education that supports survivors of sexual violence. We create resources that support and encourage survivors. We actively advocate for legislation that gives survivors better access to justice. And we support education programs for youth and communities about sexual violence, its repercussions, and methods of prevention. All of those working in the foundation are volunteers. For more information please see our strategic plan. This is a breakdown of the number of hours spent within our organization on our objectives:

5% Newsletter and annual report

20% Resource creation

10% Sharing stories

10% Digital content creation

20% Educating state and community leaders

5% Grant gifting

5% Relationship building

10% Survivor input

10% Community participation

5% Shedding light on community issues

What are the tax implications of my donation?

The foundation was incorporated in the state of Michigan on Aug. 2, 2018. We received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS on Aug. 8, 2020. Contact your tax professional regarding tax benefits of donations.

DOES THE ORGANIZATION REPRESENT THE “SISTER SURVIVORS”?

Our statements and actions have a limited ability to represent all narratives of the Sister Survivors of the sexual abuse enabled by Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the US Olympic Committee. The majority of our founding volunteers are Sister Survivors of this case; however, The Army of Survivors is a separate entity. We fully support these Sister Survivors and all other survivors of sexual violence.

General FAQ

WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?

According the American Psychological Association, sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity with perpetrators using force, making threats, or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. More than 90% of victims know their perpetrators. Victims’ immediate reactions to sexual abuse may include shock, fear, and disbelief. Survivors demonstrate these emotions in many different ways that may or may not look like distress to untrained observers. Long-term effects of sexual abuse and rape include feelings of anxiety, fear, powerlessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While efforts to treat sex offenders remain unpromising, psychological interventions for survivors—especially group therapy—appears to be effective.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEXUAL ABUSE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT?

When perpetrators use force that is immediate, of short duration, or is infrequent rather than ongoing, the incident is referred to as a sexual assault rather than abuse. We support survivors of both traumas.