What #StartByBelieving Means To Me

By: Vonnie Hawkins, LCSW, STAR Board of Directors The feeling of being alone in my pain was so paralyzing and dark. I literally felt frozen and stiff, hard-hearted and judging as I walked through my life because that’s what it took to hold it all together. I judged others harshly because I was judging myself… Read More

Black Women, Suffering in Silence

The Mind Set of Sexual Violence Among African American Women By: Javonda Nix “Who knows what the black woman thinks of rape? Who has asked her? Who cares?” – Alice Walker (2004) Broken. Vulnerable. Scared. Depressed. Women who have been sexually assaulted experience all of these emotions.  However, due to societal pressures, black women often… Read More

TITLE IX: Proposed Changes and Commenting Process

Title IX was first implemented in 1972 in response to gender discrimination in women’s sports. Since then, it has expanded into a living document that includes prohibiting discrimination based on sex in education. It serves as a guide for K-12 and higher education on protocols for these cases. In November 2018, Besty DeVos, US Secretary… Read More

#ThanksForGiving Social Media Posts Thanks STAR Staff

Happy holidays from STAR! We’re thankful for our supporters. It is because of all the staff, volunteers, and allies that STAR is able to serve survivors of sexual trauma. During Thanksgiving we put a spotlight on a staff member from each of STAR’s programs to show our gratitude and highlight their work in the community.… Read More