Barriers to Self-Care: Tips for Survivors

By: Dana Rock, LMSW Self-care can be hard to put into practice. Day to day responsibilities tend to take priority over taking time to relax and recharge. People often tell themselves they will focus on self-care when they have more time, after this one hard test, or when their next vacation rolls around. This can… Read More

Silence is Self-protection

By Racheal Hebert, LCSW Founder, President & CEO of STAR The recent flurry of news targeting Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser as being exploitative, politically motivated, or even an outright liar reminds us that we live in an oppressive culture of disbelief and judgment towards survivors of sexual violence. We simply cannot accept that those we love,… Read More

Agents of Change: Tommy Naquin

  If you have the opportunity to participate in something that you’re passionate about, take it. Also, give this movement a chance to become something that your passionate about. – Tommy Naquin What is your relationship with STAR?  I became involved with the organization when it was embarking on its transition from the District Attorney’s… Read More

Agents of Change: Derrick Lathan

What is your position at STAR? I serve as the Youth Development Coordinator. I sometimes tell students I’m their “big brother” for short. How did you come to work at STAR and/or in the field of sexual assault prevention/response? A bunch of stuff just kind of happened at the same time to be honest. I… Read More

Agents of Change: Jordan Gonzales

“It is incredibly rewarding for me to see even the smallest of changes with clients. To be there as clients learn one new way of coping, or experience one tiny change in the way they see themselves, is a huge honor.” – Jordan Gonzales 1. What is your position at STAR? I’ve been a counselor… Read More

In Mixed Company: Surviving Beyond Gender

Written by Dana Rock, LMSW, Jordan Gonzales, PLPC, NCC, and Sarah Baniahmad Many people see sexual assault as a women’s issue. When men are included in the conversation, it normally centers on what they can do to protect or support women. With 1 in 5 women being raped in their lifetime, it is easy to… Read More

#LiftEVERYvoice: Recy Taylor

This final segment of our #LiftEVERYvoice series features Recy Taylor. About Recy Taylor It is September 3, 1944 in Abbeville, Alabama. After a night of praying and singing at the Rock Hill Holiness Church, Recy Taylor, her friend Fannie Daniel and Daniel’s eighteen-year-old son, West, began their stroll home. As they walk, a green Chevrolet… Read More

#LiftEVERYVoice: Ruby Atee Pigford

This week’s #LiftEVERYVoice segment features Ruby Atee Pigford. Ruby’s History By Airzola Cleaves, Staff Attorney Ruby Atee Pigford—a black teenager—was raped by a “well-to-do oil dealer” named James Lee Perry.  On August 7, 1947, James Perry picked Ruby up after he promised to pay her $0.70 per hour for a babysitting job.  However, instead of taking… Read More

#LiftEVERYVoice: Harriet Ann Jacobs

This week’s #LiftEVERYVoice segment highlights Harriet Ann Jacobs, an African-American writer who escaped from slavery and was later freed.  Jacobs is best known for writing the revolutionary autobiographical novel, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, one of the first books to address the struggle for freedom by female slaves, and explore their struggles with sexual abuse and their… Read More