Boys Don’t Cry: a look at violence in the trans community then and now

By: Diana Nguyen, STAR Resource Advocate Disclaimer: Since this movie is based on the true story of Brandon Teena, I am aware that the producers and screen writers have taken creative liberty and there have been changes made to the movie that did not accurately depict what happened in real life. I will be writing… Read More

Ways We May Inadvertently Perpetuate Rape Culture

By: Kristen Williams, LMSW, STAR Counselor   Let’s talk about Rape Culture. When we think of culture, we think of positive aspects such as history, arts and achievements. For something to become integrated into culture, it has to become a set of normalized ideas, attitudes and practices. For this reason, it is encouraged that we… Read More

Compassion Fatigue: Keeping on and Moving Forward

By JayTee Barbour, STAR Medical Advocate, New Orleans One of the most rewarding parts of working in the human services field is the ability to assist our clients and feel rewarded in that same interaction. In this process, we are taking in and learning from every experience what it means to be human. The brain… Read More

Our Response to COVID-19

Updated March 19, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. Released March 13, 2020 The worldwide spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has understandably raised concerns for many. We want to be as proactive as possible to protect the health of our staff, volunteers, and clients. Due to the increasing concerns with the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, we will… Read More

The Neurobiology and Impacts of PTSD

By Joanna Crifasi, STAR volunteer advocate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that can develop from witnessing or experiencing an emotionally disturbing or distressing situation. According to the National Center for PTSD, 8 million people in the U.S. live with PTSD each year (2017). PTSD can emerge from directly experiencing an event or… Read More

Celebrate Consent this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones how much you respect and support them by gifting them a special STAR Valentine. These valentines are special because they show your partner and friends that you prioritize consent in your interactions and support their decisions. Click on the links below to print out your STAR Valentines and… Read More

Tackling Consent on the Home Screen

Today, even with the burgeoning #MeToo movement, there are few examples of openly discussing consent and sex depicted on TV. Luckily, there have been more and more shows taking it upon themselves to give examples of positive ones.  Below are two examples of family-geared shows that aired in 2019 tackling the difficult topics of consent… Read More

Self-Care During the Holidays

By: Laneceya Russ, Advocacy Director, Baton Rouge Practicing self-care on a normal basis can be hard for some people. Now, try adding in self-care during the holiday season when you may be experiencing anxiety and stress from being around certain family members or taking care of the million and one things on your to-do list… Read More

A Call to Action : Student Addressing Sexual Violence on Campus

By Angelina Cantelli, STAR Intern and LSU Student It’s no secret that sexual assault is an issue at college campuses across the United States. However, I walk a college campus every day, and I rarely hear these issues being addressed. While we have taken great strides in addressing and preventing campus sexual assault in recent… Read More

Owning our bodies one hair at a time: body sovereignty relating to hair removal

By Meg Wilson and Alexis Canfield At STAR, we are in constant conversation with each other, clients, and community members about bodies and the concept of body sovereignty and ownership. Sovereignty refers to being in control. In a political sense it might refer to the governing structure, such as a monarch or ruler. Body sovereignty… Read More