Lynnea Erickson Laskowski

Perspective: Be Like Her

Nov 11, 2020
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We stand on the edge of an historic victory. Votes, politics, criticism, and praise aside, the bare facts are that our nation has elected its first woman to the Oval Office.

Kamala Harris is the first female Vice-President-elect, the first Black Vice-President-elect, the first South East Asian Vice-President-elect. Her election is a moment for pride for barriers broken and glass ceilings shattered. It is also a time for deep introspection and shame that it has taken this long.

Perspective: COVID-19 Is More Than An Inconvenience

Jul 7, 2020
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For me, like I suspect many of you, COVID-19 has given me cabin fever. I’ve baked more fancy desserts than my partner and I need to eat. I’ve taken up drawing and painting (with painfully poor results). I’m driving my dog bonkers with all the walks I want to take each day. I haven’t tried making sourdough bread yet, but I’ve seen enough pictures on Instagram to know I’m in the minority there. For me, this pandemic is an inconvenience.

Perspective: Claws Out!

Apr 29, 2020
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Hey, all you cool cats and kittens!

This is not Carol Baskin. It's Lynnea from Safe Passage. Have you hopped on the craze that is sweeping the nation? Have you fallen prey to the Tiger King? There's a lot of things to love in this series. The wacky hijinks of a gun-toting, sequin-wearing music video star and private zookeeper are just the ticket when you might be getting cabin fever in your home.

Perspective: Physically Distant, Socially Together

Mar 30, 2020

Stay six feet apart. Don’t leave home except for groceries and essentials. Don’t go to the playground and don’t go visit your neighbors. Spray all the doorknobs with Lysol every hour. This is all excellent advice for keeping your body healthy. It isn’t such a great way to nurture your soul.

Perspective: The Wrong Message

Dec 4, 2019
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Outgoing Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is using his final days in office to make a powerful statement. On Nov. 22, Bevin announced he was pardoning Paul Hurt, a man serving life in prison for sexually abusing his six-year-old stepdaughter. If there is one thing I thought we could agree on, even in a country as divided as ours seems to be, I thought we could all agree that the abuse of children is a heinous crime for which people should be punished. 

Perspective: Don't Let The Language Obfuscate The Crime

Jul 16, 2019
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Perspective: Conservation Begins At Home

May 31, 2019
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Over Christmas, I traveled to Botswana to visit family. Botswana, located in southern Africa, is a beautiful and diverse country with landscapes ranging from the Kalahari Desert to the lush Okavango Delta. Outside the bustling cities, you can find natural game preserves, perfect for a safari. If you’re lucky, you can see giraffe, elephants, wildebeest, wild dogs, hippos, leopards, and lions, all from a safe distance of course.

Perspective: Why VAWA Matters

Apr 3, 2019
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Since 1994 when it was first passed, the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, has been a non-controversial and very impactful piece of legislation. VAWA funds domestic violence shelters, sexual assault crisis centers, advocates, and prevention services. VAWA has also created legislation that improves investigation and prosecution of violence. Over the years, VAWA has been expanded and updated to ensure that ALL Americans are protected, including men and boys, the LGBTQIA+ community, undocumented survivors, and more.

Perspective: Don't Stop Believing

Mar 7, 2019

In the wake of the revelations that Jussie Smollett may have fabricated the reports of a homophobic and racist attack, how should we respond to future reports of violence? It’s simple, really. Start by believing.  


Voting Is Just The Beginning

Nov 14, 2018


Don't Tell Me To Be Careful

Sep 24, 2018



Peter Medlin

Originally built in 1922, the gothic-inspired building on Fisk Ave. in DeKalb used to house St. Mary’s hospital; it sat vacant for the last 25 years.

Over the past few years, however, interest in reviving the building has returned. And with that interest comes a debate over whether it should be a boutique hotel or a local non-profit.

The #MeToo Backlash: We Can Do Better

Jul 11, 2018

The #MeToo movement created a swarm of energy and dialogue around the topic of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

Lynnea Erickson Laskowski is the Director of Communication and Prevention Services with Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Center. 

Originally from Iowa, Lynnea moved to DeKalb in 2011 to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. When she’s not working, Lynnea spends her time traveling and has been to Sierra Leone, West Africa eight times in the last nine years.

Lynnea is passionate about violence prevention, global development, and West Ham soccer.