June 2022 Newsletter


"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

– Booker T. Washington

We have to work together if we have

hope to do better.  We need to do better.

Some of Our Favorite People

There are so many people, agencies and organizations that provide powerful training and technical assistance in this field. We want to share those resources for you. It is going to take a lot of different people with a wide variety of perspective to change the world.

Check out some of our community


Strand Squared Solutions is proud

to be a part of the A-Dash Collaborative. We are a group of professionals focused on inspiring and supporting organizations to create more equitable and just work environments in the river community and other outdoor industry members.

Check out A-DASH

Love is Love ❤️

Study: Nearly half of Gay men face domestic violence

“You’re Gay, It’s Just What Happens”: Sexual Minority Men Recounting Experiences of Unwanted Sex in the Era of MeToo

The National Coalition

of Anti-Violence Programs

Violence against the transgender and gender non-conforming community 2020

Differences in Rape Acknowledgement and Mental Health Outcomes across Transgender, Non-binary, and Cisgender Bisexual Youth

Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ Victims

LGBTQIA+ Youth and Experiences of Human Trafficking: A Healing Centered Approach

I’ll be presenting four presentations and hosting trauma sensitive yoga at NOVA’s 48th Annual Training Event in Denver,Colorado on August 1 – 4, 2022!

Join me for 4 days of inspiring keynotes, engaging workshops and establishing connections with passionate professionals in the field of victim services and crisis response. Gain the skills you need to lead, engage and make an impact as a helping professional!Earn up to 19 CEUs!   #WhyWeAdvocate

I hope you come!

The Difference Makers (10 Strong) community of practice professionals are a powerful collaboration made up of amazing and cutting edge presenters who are not only nationally recognized trainers/presenters but each have the ability to lead conversations with their own respective organizations. Each of them have extensive knowledge and expertise in various forms of violence, some of which have more than one focus area. They are the true model of how we should all aim to work together.

Eric and Obbie will both be delivering keynotes at the NOVA conference!  

Visit their Website
Check out Julies amazing website

Julie Owens

pulled together a professional analysis of the Amber Heard/ Johnny Depp case.  I found it to be very interesting.

The Heard/Depp Analysis

A Layered Look at Domestic Violence in the Black Community

Racial Loyalty and Sexual Assault of Black Women

Black Women Deserve the Right to be Free from Violence

Happy Juneteenth:

Racism Compounds DV against Black Women

This book is incredible!

"Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question:  a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking

“What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Pick it up today!

I attended a workshop at the 2022 Crimes Against Women Conference highlighting the work of One Love Foundation.  They are very cool and have so many amazing resources!

One Love Foundation is a national non-profit organization with the goal of ending relationship abuse. We empower young people with the tools and resources they need to see the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and bring life-saving prevention education to their communities.

Visit their Website

Something inspirational:

Same Love by Macklemore

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