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

STAR Releases a New Resource: Safety Planning Guide for Survivors

By Morgan Lamandre, Legal Director Sexual assault can compromise a survivor’s physical and emotional safety. In order to help survivors address their physical and emotional safety after a sexual assault, advocates typically conduct “safety plans” with survivors to reduce risk of further harm. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that is meant to… Read More

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