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

#LiftEVERYvoice: Ruby Jackson McCollum

This week’s #LiftEVERYvoice segment highlights Ruby Jackson, a survivor whose case has been considered a landmark trial in the struggle for civil rights as she was the first black woman to testify against a white man’s sexual abuse and paternity of their child.    Ruby’s History By Alexis, Medical Advocate in Baton Rouge Ruby Jackson McCollum… Read More

Agents of Change: Amelia Ryland

The very unfortunate truth is that our society has evolved in many ways, but sexual assault and violence are still so incredibly prevalent. The only way to eliminate sexual violence is to target the pillars that support it. – Amelia Ryland 1. What is your connection to STAR? I was fortunate enough to complete a… Read More

#LiftEVERYvoice: Sara Baartman

Why #LiftEVERYvoice STAR® recognizes that the intersection of sexual violence and racism is embedded in history. Centuries of sexual abuse against Black bodies are glossed over, omitted, or muted. Survivors who were brave enough to speak out were silenced by society, rarely receiving justice. Black women and men who stepped up to speak their truth with… 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

Consent-Supportive Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids

Our Legal Director, Morgan Lamandre, shares her experience about using Valentine’s Day as a way to discuss consent with her sons. Valentine’s Day is not a holiday I look forward to when it comes to my sons’ class parties because I always have to provide commentary when reading the cards they receive. Although they are… Read More

Why Children Don’t Tell

Media outlets continue to cover the horrifying sexual abuse former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar committed against young athletes that sought his care. At his trial, 156 victims spoke, recounting similar stories of how they went to Nassar to receive his care for sports injuries only to be sexually assaulted and told it was a form… Read More

Agents of Change: Ashley Seaverson

If I see something that’s inappropriate and involves rape culture in any way, I speak up and say something. I try to educate others about things like consent and how to treat survivors of sexual assault. – Ashley Seaverson 1. What is your position at STAR? I am a part-time Medical Advocate for STAR, so… 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