Prevention via Promotion

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community When I was a classroom teacher, it took me a while to learn to focus more attention on students’ positive rather… Read More

Why should I care about violence against women?

Recently I presented information about sexual violence to a group of college university professionals. Per my usual Sexual Violence 101 lecture, I gave information about the scope and prevalence of sexual assault, risk and protective factors for victims and offenders, and the physical/psychological/economic consequences of experiencing a rape. When I began to discuss rape culture,… Read More

We Will Not Surrender Our Freedom to Travel: Gender-based Terror and Tempting Fate

Last Friday, a male acquaintance of mine made the following comments on a Facebook thread in response to this article about Brandon Lavergne’s signed statement detailing the murder of Mickey Shunick:  Just don’t go places alone in the middle of the night!… If my wife or one of my female friends told me they were… Read More

How Gender Violence Affects Me, You, and Everyone We Know

“Americans like to boast that we’re ‘the freest country on earth,’ and yet half the population doesn’t even feel free enough to go for a walk at night.” -Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help When I recently learned about the open position of… Read More

To Report or Not To Report: Pouring fuel into the “Blaming the Victim” machine

Reporting rape and seeking help are probably the most delicate issues that the survivors of sexual assault face. Today we want to talk about these issues and present an inspirational piece to our readers. According to Nicole Gillum, Sexual Trauma Specialist at STAR, statistics in Baton Rouge, LA, match the national statistics. Only about 5%… Read More

Men’s March to End Rape!

This Sunday, April 29th is STAR’s 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an international men’s march to end rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The event will include live music by The Fugitive Poets, beverages provided by Mockler, and free snowballs! Bring a pair of heels and walk with us this Sunday at… Read More

Don’t Be Afraid to Say It…THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Steve, the vagina-loving man: Basically, I thought I knew something. And I knew nothing. That’s what it comes down to.” On March 22, Baton Rouge once again embraced Eve Ensler’s world-famous play “The Vagina Monologues”, organized the 5th year in a row by Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center to spread awareness and raise funds… Read More