WKAR Connects


WKAR Connects the community with capital region resources and services on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and more. 

Nonprofits and organizations who wish to be a part of WKAR Connects please contact WKAR Communications Coordinator Amanda Pinckney at amanda@wkar.org

Ways to Connect

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Beginning Mon., Apr. 2, WKAR NewsTalk presents Criminal Sexual Conduct: What Needs To Change? in four daily one hour installments from 11am-noon, through Thu., Apr. 5 on  NewsTalk AM 870/105.1 FM.

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Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the US have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a partner.


Cindie Alwood, executive director at The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, says often women don’t leave these abusive relationships because they don’t have the means to support themselves. And that’s why career counseling is such a big part of what the center does.

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Mar 8, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.


With a combination of effective counseling and support from parents or caregivers, children can and do recover from these experiences.

For today’s edition of WKAR Connects, we look at Small Talk, a local organization that’s been working to provide child victims of sexual and domestic abuse the resources they need to heal since 2011.

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This week we’re looking at local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence in a series called WKAR Connects. Our hope is that by highlighting these groups, we can connect our listeners who need help to the resources they need.

Today WKAR’s Katie Cook talks with Tashmica Torok, Founder and Executive Director of The Firecracker Foundation. Torok begins by explaining what services the organization offers.


End Violent Encounters | WKAR Connects

Mar 6, 2018

In February, Lansing police responded to 95 calls for domestic violence and nearly 20 calls for sexual assault. According to RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, two-thirds of sexual assaults are NOT reported to authorities.

Those are the facts. Now let’s talk about how to get help. This week we’re bringing you a series called “WKAR Connects,” where we let you know about local organizations working to end sexual and domestic violence.

The first one we look at is End Violent Encounters, also known as EVE. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Executive Director Erin Roberts.

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In February, WKAR Public Media launched WKAR Connects, a new multiplatform community service campaign that strives to connect the community with local resources and services on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and much more.

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Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is a private non-profit organization that provides support services to women in the Lansing area and since opening in 2005, the Women’s Center has served more than 7,500 women.

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Feb 19, 2018
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Small Talk is where children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse are interviewed and offered therapy at no cost.

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The Firecracker Foundation honors the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma by building a community invested in the healing of their whole being.

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End Violent Encounters (EVE) is a non-profit organization that provides supportive services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, while empowering the community through education and awareness.