The Importance of Electing a Survivor-Centered District Attorney

By Alix Tarnowsky, Greater New Orleans Regional Director This election cycle, Louisiana voters are pulling the lever for more than just their preferred presidential candidate. For many in Louisiana, they are also voting for a number of local officials. It can be easy to gloss over down-ballot candidates; however, it’s important that we recognize that… Read More

Ensuring Access to Abortion is Trauma-Informed Care

By Samantha Sheppard and Alix Tarnowsky. Voting yes on Amendment 1 would require survivors who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest to carry the pregnancy to term in Louisiana.  Pregnancy as a result of rape is a public health issue where sexual violence and reproductive health connect. According to the Centers for… Read More

LGBTQ+ History: Been Here, Been Queer

By Emmie Saux (they/them), STAR Medical Advocate, New Orleans Since 1994, we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in October. The founder selected October to commemorate the first two marches on Washington for LGBT+ rights and to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which is on October 11th. As so many individuals are taking to the streets… Read More

Why should a sexual assault center work to address racism?

By Rebecca Marchiafava, STAR Vice President  Over the last six months, STAR has deepened our reckoning with racism. To reaffirm our commitment to facing racism, one of the questions we have to ask and answer as an organization is, “Why should a sexual assault center work to address racism?” Below are some thoughts on the… Read More

6 Warning Signs of Suicide

By Racheal Hebert, LCSW, BACS, STAR President & CEO September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Research has shown that survivors of sexual trauma are at an increased risk of suicide attempts and death by suicide. By learning more about the connection between experiences of sexual assault and suicide, we can learn to identify warning signs… Read More

See Something, Say Something: Mandatory Reporters and the Duty to Report

By: Morgan Lamandre, STAR Legal Director The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) is a federal law that requires states to adopt laws requiring certain individuals to report suspected instances of child abuse and neglect as a condition to receiving certain federal funding. Louisiana, like most states, have adopted laws to maintain compliance with… Read More

My Thanks to STAR: A Reflection of an AmeriCorps Member

My name is Sarah Dai and I am a Serve Louisiana AmeriCorps member. I have proudly served at STAR for the past two years, building capacity on the prevention education team. My role as the Community Engagement Coordinator has been to engage college students on campus and engage STAR’s audiences online. During my time, I… Read More

Raising Awareness of Survivors with Disabilities

By Racheal Hebert, LCSW, STAR President & CEO According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disability affects more than 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men in the United States and has been associated with a greater risk of experiencing sexual violence compared to people without a disability. What is… Read More

Supporting LGBTQIA+ Survivors During Pride and Beyond

by Kourtney Baker, STAR Volunteer June is Pride month where we celebrate and honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual individuals. Pride occurs in the U.S. to commemorate the historic Stonewall uprising, which occurred in June of 1969. Since the uprising, we recognize the continued progress towards ensuring the dignity and equality of… Read More

Institutional Change is a Moral Imperative

Our multiracial staff works together daily to support survivors of sexual trauma from all backgrounds and to address the problem of sexual violence.  Over the past few weeks, on top of microaggressions and other reminders of racism experienced on a daily basis, Black members of our staff and Black people across the nation are experiencing… Read More