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

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

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

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

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

Confronting Our Fears as Parents: The Reality of False Accusations Against Our Sons

By Morgan Lamandre, Esq., STAR’s Legal Director I had my first child, a son, in September 2012. As most people do these days, I found out the sex of my child before I gave birth. I will never forget the reactions I would get when I would tell people that I was going to have… Read More

The Intersection: Nate Parker, Denial and the Damage Done

The Intersection is a regular, in-depth segment in which we examine the many layers of oppression, violence, and trauma that we encounter in our survivor-focused and community-based work at STAR. The Background Nate Parker is an actor, writer and director who has recently received a great deal of attention for his new film The Birth of… Read More

The ACE Study: Finding a new fix

This month, we are exploring The Intersection between childhood trauma and adult adverse health outcomes.  Have you heard of the ACE study? It resulted in the largest public health discovery of our time and possibly of all time, but you likely have no idea what I’m talking about…yet. It all began with interviews Dr. Vincent J. Felitti… Read More

Guilt and Innocence

One common characteristic of traumatic, life-threatening situations is that victims will experience a sense of extreme powerlessness against forces that clearly do not value their health, humanity and well-being. This is not only terrifying, it is destabilizing and dehumanizing. The good news is that a survivor of a terrifying, life-threatening trauma may be comforted and… Read More

Fun and Inviting! Tales of sexual harassment in the service industry

This month, we are exploring The Intersection between gender and economic oppression in the service industry. This essay is authored by Kaeli Egler, a STAR Volunteer, Agent of Change, and Fall 2015 intern in our Social Change program. Kaeli also wrote this month’s Pro(Social) Tips: Treating service industry workers like people. As a 4th grader, I remember… Read More