In this episode, Toni talks to women and survivors everywhere. She shares what she has learned about trauma and informed practices of healing and dealing with triggers. She advises fellow survivors on how to focus on themselves and speaks directly to her daughter, discussing who she wants to be as a mother and the hope she sees for her family.
Content warning: this episode contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse.
Toni is a sought-after speaker with a special interest in trauma resilience, a women’s health coach, and a yoga teacher. At the age of seventeen, Toni was sentenced to twenty-five to fifty years in prison and would live the next seventeen years of her life as at the Robert Scott Correctional Facility. While incarcerated Toni focused on bettering herself through education and social work, which included organizing against sexual abuse. Toni became the lead witness in a landmark sexual assault case resulting in systematic changes in the Michigan Department of Corrections to protect incarcerated women and children. In 2008, Toni’s sentence was commuted by Governor Jennifer Granholm.Since her release, Toni has worked as a criminal justice advocate in Detroit and organized nationally for the humane treatment of incarcerated women and children.
Since her release, Toni has worked as a criminal justice advocate in Detroit and organized nationally for the humane treatment of incarcerated women and children.