In Mixed Company: Surviving Beyond Gender

Written by Dana Rock, LMSW, Jordan Gonzales, PLPC, NCC, and Sarah Baniahmad Many people see sexual assault as a women’s issue. When men are included in the conversation, it normally centers on what they can do to protect or support women. With 1 in 5 women being raped in their lifetime, it is easy to… Read More

Interns Spotlight

At STAR, we are so grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many talented individuals. Each year we accept several interns to assist with providing direct client services through our advocacy, counseling and legal programs. Today we’d like to highlight our spring interns and the great work they are doing at STAR and… Read More

Stand-Alone Doesn’t Mean Standing Alone

By Alix Tarnowsky, LCSW, MBA Advocacy Director, STAR New Orleans Alix Tarnowsky (center) with members of the Dane County Rape Crisis Center in Madison, Wisconsin.  As the Advocacy Director of STAR’s New Orleans office, I feel fortunate to work with survivors of sexual violence each day. This past January, the New Orleans office celebrated its… Read More

STAR Reflects on #MeToo

For decades, staff and volunteers at centers like STAR have witnessed the many and varied injustices survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and assault face each day. We have intimate knowledge of the ways in which our systems and communities fail to hold perpetrators accountable and stigmatize survivors for speaking out about the violence committed against… Read More

Emerging Together

Last year, STAR’s newly established New Orleans branch received a grant of $10,000 from the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO). Since being awarded this funding, STAR’s New Orleans branch has accomplished the following: Responded to 176 hospital call-outs  Answered 409 hotline calls Served 233 unique clients through our counseling, legal, and advocacy programs Covered 92% of… Read More

What the Stanford Rape Case Teaches Us

  Over the past few weeks, news of the Stanford Rape Case has bombarded our news feeds and social media sites. Many people are outraged after learning that 20-year-old Brock Turner, a student at Stanford University, was only sentenced to 6 months in prison after being found guilty of 3 counts of sexual assault against… Read More

It Takes More

The increased need for STAR® services affects all of us Sexual trauma is a reality in our community that we cannot shy away from. Thriving sexual assault centers like STAR help make our communities healthier, safer and stronger; however, due to the lack of dedicated state funding for these services and the limited resources in… Read More

Serving survivors from the HAART

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. Sexual violence occurs at epidemic levels, with someone in the U.S. sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, and Baton Rouge is not exempt. Supporting survivors in our community is a big task, and while… Read More

Looking back as we move forward

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you.   At STAR, we pride ourselves on accomplishing a lot with limited resources, which means most of the time we’re working hard and looking ahead. On a daily basis, we dedicate ourselves… Read More

Services Spotlight: Volunteers needed in NOLA!

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. This past year has been a big one for STAR! In the past six months, we have begun to expand services to New Orleans, recently launching a 24/7, sexual assault-specific hotline for… Read More