In today’s episode, Radical Healing: Relearn self-care for deeper healing, Tashmica Torok shares her inspirational story of how she transformed her child sexual abuse trauma by creating a holistic healing solution for others in the Firecracker Foundation. Tashmica also explores the root of healing challenges for sexual abuse survivors. How creating the Firecracker Foundation supported and facilitated her healing journey. How resilience can have a shadow side (e.g., wearing ourselves out), and how to relearn self‐care again and again for deeper levels of healing.
More About Tashmica Torok
Tashmica Torok is a nationally recognized survivor activist working to end child sexual abuse. She is a powerhouse fundraiser and movement maker who has raised thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours in support of her work.
As the executive director of The Firecracker Foundation, she incites riots of generosity and advocates for the healing of children and families every day. The foundation is spearheading trauma-sensitive yoga in the Lansing area and is providing services to the Lansing School District, Child & Family Service’s Angel House, Community Mental Health, and to youth and families in the community. The growth of this innovative organization has inspired a move into a larger space where all programs – mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, caretaker support groups, and crisis intervention – will be hosted under the same roof.
Tashmica currently serves as a member of the Raliance Policy Committee, the Visioning Group of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDSVPTB), serves as the Co-Chair of the Capital Area Sexual Assault Response Team (CASART), and is a member of the Just Beginnings Collaborative national cohort as an organizational grantee.
Tashmica is the kind of friend who always encourages you to do more. She’s a published storyteller and a nearly retired roller derby skater. She’s also the mother of three boys, wife to a talented tile installer and a behind-the-scenes volunteer.
Mentioned in This Episode
– Connect with Tashmica on Instagram @Tashmica and Twitter @TashmicaTorok
– The Firecracker Foundation’s website and email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Tashmica on Insatiable episode, The Transition to a Career in Wellness
– Truce With Food program
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