Alumna to speak on healing after assault, supporting survivors at discussion tonight


The Office of Student Activities, Program Board and Sexual Assault Peer Advocates will hold a discussion lead by Central Michigan University alumna Lisa Saruga for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

The discussion will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Plachta Auditorium. The event, called ‘What’s the Big Teal?’ will include Saruga’s experiences as a survivor of a sexual assault in the 1980’s on CMU’s campus. 

According to Engage Central, Saruga will share the steps she has taken to heal from assault and her advocacy for other survivors through the Michigan House of Representatives. 

Saruga is a counselor and author of the book “My Name is Lisa,” which discusses being a survivor of sexual assault from a Christian perspective. She started the hashtag, #MyNameIsLisa for survivors whose perpetrators have not faced justice. 

Saruga has also written a free e-book entitled “Changing the Landscape: It’s Time to End Sexual Violence.” The book discusses information and misconceptions surrounding rape culture in the United States.