STAR Releases 2019 Legislative Scorecard

Today, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) released its 2nd annual Legislative Scorecard highlighting the leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to improving laws and policies to better support and protect survivors of sexual trauma and end sexual violence in Louisiana. According to Morgan Lamandre, STAR’s Legal Director, “The purpose of the scorecard is to… Read More

Domestic Violence as a Queer and Trans Public Health Issue

By Alexis Canfield Each year we recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this month, we try to bring awareness to those who have been impacted by domestic and interpersonal violence, give them a place to tell their stories, and hopefully inspire change. The National Coalition against Domestic Violence (n.d.) defines domestic violence as… Read More

The Unique Struggles of Latinx Survivors

By Samantha Sheppard, STAR Bilingual Advocate Beginning September 15th, we recognize Hispanic Heritage Month. At STAR, we are working to expand our reach to increase access to survivors of sexual violence in the Latinx community. I was hired as a bilingual advocate for STAR’s Baton Rouge office earlier this year. My colleague, Bianca Dixon, and… Read More

Speaking the Truth Out Loud

By Rebecca Marchiafava, MPP STAR Vice President “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” – Brene Brown In the work that we do at STAR, we witness survivors’ stories. We hear about their pain, trauma, triumph, hope, and healing. Because of the privacy and… Read More

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