The purpose of this blog is to provide up-to-date coverage and commentary about news and events of interest to the anti-violence community.



Although this blog is hosted by STAR, postings are written by individual staff members, guest bloggers or the general public. Postings are not reviewed before publication. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not represent the position of STAR.



At the author’s discretion, some posts may be opened for comments from the community. We encourage our guests to participate in a free and open exchange of ideas, while asking them to respect a reasonable code of conduct.

We ask that anybody wishing to comment remembers that many of the readers of this blog are victims of sexual violence, and ask that you exercise extreme discretion to avoid any triggering language.

While we understand the importance of sharing personal stories about sexual violence, this blog is not an appropriate venue in which to do so. Please break the silence, speak to a friend or a therapist or a partner, but please understand that this blog cannot be a place for sharing personal experiences.

Personally identifiable information of any sort — phone numbers, email addresses, etc. — is not permitted. Posts should be signed with a first name only.

Please do not use any harsh, angry, obscene, or graphic language. Individual attacks will not be permitted under any circumstances.

Please keep your comments short and relevant.

All comments are moderated. We will attempt to review and approve comments as quickly as possible, but please do not resubmit your comment if it does not appear right away. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments at our sole discretion.


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