Blog Submission Guidelines

If anyone in our community of Baton Rouge is interested in submitting a post to our blog, please see below for our submission guidelines:

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All guest posts must be related to STAR’s mission and/or vision.

Mission: To provide support, education and advocacy to empower all individuals and families affected by sexual trauma, and engage and mobilize the community to prevent sexual trauma.

Vision: To build a healthy community free from oppression and sexual trauma.

These topics can range anywhere from healthy sexuality, male engagement, barriers to reporting, victim blaming, rape myths, current events surrounding sexual assault or sexual trauma, gender-based violence, etc.

All guest posts must be grammatically correct and free of spelling errors.

No guest posts may be self-promotional or include marketing links.

All guest posts may include a 2-3 sentence author bio, which will be published at the end of the guest post. 1-2 links to the author’s website, blog or other branded online destination may be included in the bio.

All guest posts must be original. Any unoriginal content should be set apart by quotes or indention, as well as cited or link to its source.

We suggest that all blog posts be kept to a 1000 word maximum but we may make special exceptions for longer lengths.

We reserve the right to edit submitted content, however we will not publish without the approval of the author.

Submissions may also include vlogs.

Guest post submission is not a guarantee of publication.

Please e-mail all submissions to

Author: Catherine Thurmond

I am a Master of Liberal Arts student minoring in Women's and Gender Studies at LSU. During the Fall 2014 semester, I will begin to write her thesis on queer oppression through a philosophical Marxist feminist lens. My academic interests include second wave feminism, queer theory, queer Marxist feminism, feminist philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir, and Monique Wittig. I have been politically active since 2010, fighting for an end to oppression under capitalism. I was involved in Occupy NOLA, bringing in members of The Kasama Project, a national communist project in the United States. I was also active in student organizations at Southeastern Louisiana University where I organized many speaker events for activists such as Jordan Flaherty, Richard Becker, The Beehive Design Collective, Jed Brandt and Eric Ribellarsi, and Malik Rahim. More recently, I began volunteering for STAR, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response, in 2013 as a hospital advocate where I supported sexual assault survivors. I later joined the Louisiana Delta Service Corps, often described as the Domestic Peace Corps, where I interviewed to be placed at STAR as their Outreach Coordinator. I am also the founder of a Feminist Consciousness Raising Group in Baton Rouge which uses feminist theory to discuss personal experiences under patriarchal oppression. Check it out here for more info about the group:

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