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

Cindie Alwood
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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 often 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.


WKAR’s Katie Cook speaks with Alwood about that and the many other services The Women’s Center offers for our last installment of WKAR Connects. Alwood starts by describing their mission.


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.

Tashmica Torok

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.



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.