My Hand Door Knocking in the New York Times!

My hand shown holding paper in the lower right corner of photo while door knocking in Milwaukee with Haley Hager. After completing some deadlines earlier last week, I turned my head toward the election. Went up to Wisconsin this weekend, my home state swing state, to knock on doors and encourage people to vote, vote, … Continue reading My Hand Door Knocking in the New York Times!

My Chicago Sun-Times Letter on Fr. Pfleger’s Support

Letter to the editor about the impact of reflexive support for Fr. Pfleger by Michele Beaulieux in Chicago Sun-Times Today, the Chicago Sun-Times published my letter to the editor about how the reflexive support of popular Chicago priest, Fr. Michael Pfleger, impacts victim-survivors of sexual violence. St. Sabina parishioners as well as Rev. Jesse Jackson, … Continue reading My Chicago Sun-Times Letter on Fr. Pfleger’s Support

A Trio of Transitions: Judy, Hannah, and Mark

They say that deaths come in threes, and last month, I experienced a trio of transitions. Michele Beaulieux dancing with red ribbon banner@ 2014 William Frederking(See more photos by clicking here) Wondering what had happened to an old friend, Judy Clasen, with whom I had lost touch, I searched the internet and was saddened to … Continue reading A Trio of Transitions: Judy, Hannah, and Mark

Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Michele Beaulieux stands with her oil pastel triptych, "Jam Series," at the Side Street Studio Arts Gallery in Elgin, Illinois Photo by Ivette De Santiago I had a great weekend in Elgin, seeing the amazing historic homes, biking the Fox River trail, consignment store shopping, visiting with my gracious host and hostess (who makes beautiful … Continue reading Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, Illinois, 2022 Art about dance at a festival of dance and art! I will be showing my triptych, "Jam Series," and leading a workshop at the 12th annual Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois, June 3-25, 2022. Produced by Side Street Studio Arts, the festival is a celebration of the female … Continue reading Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

April showers rain on RAINN's reign Take Uber or Lyft? Stay in Airbnb? Use TikTok? Drink Absolut? One way to support victim-survivors of sexual violence this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is by advocating for a change in leadership at the Rape Abuse Incest National Network. Please join me in contacting corporate partners of … Continue reading April Showers Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Blue cloud raining on the letters R-A-I-N-N which are sinking into a puddle

Bradford William Davis of Insider did an excellent exposé of Rape Assault Incest National Network (RAINN)'s toxic workplace culture: "Insiders say RAINN, the nation's foremost organization for victims of sexual assault, is in crisis over allegations of racism and sexism: 22 current and former staffers say the organization favored by Hollywood and corporate America is in crisis. 'How can RAINN be helping survivors externally, when they're traumatizing … Continue reading Finally! Rain on RAINN’s Reign

Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Holy Is Your Name arranged by Tony Alonso If I had to choose only one thing to do to foster a culture of consent, I would choose creating, singing, and promoting song lyrics that chronicle and celebrate healthy human relationships, call out social inequities, and advocate for social justice. Song lyrics embed in our subconscious … Continue reading Restoring a Lyric for Generations

Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

More To The Story Podcast (Artwork by Aaron May) In the episode, "Navigating Decisions," of the podcast, More To The Story, host Jamie Sivrais and I, Michele Beaulieux, talk about making decisions after sexual violence. I share my story and explain how I came to create the My Choice Decision Navigator and Our Choices Solution … Continue reading Our Choices Solution Facilitator on Podcast: More to the Story …

Simone Biles and Rachael Denhollander: Modern Prophets

Simone Biles “has assumed the role of a prophet, ​​publicly calling the institution to account and refusing to simply go away.” That’s what Professor of Catholic Studies Susan Bigelow Reynolds asserted after the only (known) victim-survivor of U.S.A. Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s abuse decided to compete in the Olympics this summer. Biles, a Catholic … Continue reading Simone Biles and Rachael Denhollander: Modern Prophets