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

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

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

Why, as a Sexual Assault Survivor, I Don’t Believe Tara Reade

Michele Beaulieux with U.S. Senator Adlai Stevenson III when she was an intern for him in July 1980 I won’t read Tara Reade’s memoir, Left Out: When the Truth Doesn’t Fit In. Her October surprise hasn't garnered any press so it doesn't look like many other people will either. Nevertheless, let me take the opportunity … Continue reading Why, as a Sexual Assault Survivor, I Don’t Believe Tara Reade

Liz Tells Miriam about the My Choice Decision Navigator

The PrOACT Decision Elements are the Foundation of the My Choice Decision Navigator.

In this fictional scenario, Liz, a college junior, explains the My Choice Decision Navigator to Miriam, a first year student, after Miriam confides that Gabe, another first year student, sexually assaulted her and she is at a loss to figure out what to do. The trio are featured in a virtual poster that Michael Runge … Continue reading Liz Tells Miriam about the My Choice Decision Navigator

Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

Alternatives © 2020 Michele Beaulieux Oil pastel on paper How might Contact Improvisation (CI) groups respond to teachers who are known to troll? And by that I mean teachers who consciously and systematically search for sexual partners among students. I wrote two counterstories—stories with alternative outcomes that represent a moral shift away from the dominant cultural narrative—that imagine how … Continue reading Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

Is It Time to Rain on RAINN’s Reign? “Nation’s Largest Sexual Violence Organization” Thinks Police Can Stop Rape

Our nation is awakening to the horrifying realities of police violence. State violence and domestic and sexual violence intersect in terrifying ways, but the tepid message of the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) in response to the police killing of George Floyd and its aftermath downplays the correlations and issues. That’s because the … Continue reading Is It Time to Rain on RAINN’s Reign? “Nation’s Largest Sexual Violence Organization” Thinks Police Can Stop Rape

Published Articles on Safer Brave Space

Jam with Maria: Listening for "Yes" #3 of 3 in Jam Series; Oil Pastel on Paper © 2019 Michele Beaulieux This post provides links to my writing published in Contact Quarterly and the CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter on preventing sexual violence and creating what I call "safer brave spaces"—places where being brave is as safe … Continue reading Published Articles on Safer Brave Space