The Intersection: Men Matter

Men’s silence is deafening and deadly. James Brown of CBS Sports said this in a commentary on the NFL and domestic violence, in which he calls attention to the importance of ceasing to use sexist language and makes recommendations for the NFL to institute prevention education and bystander intervention programming. I showed the clip to a youth… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: How to be a good person

In her journal, Anne Frank wrote, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” Working in anti-violence and anti-oppression movements, we think a lot about what it means to be a good person, and we try our best to put it into practice. What have we learned? Being a good person takes… Read More

Agents of Change: Endya Hash

There are many people in our community working to create positive change to end sexual violence. We want to meet as many of them as possible. If you would like to submit a recommendation, please email prevention@brstar.org. Whenever I hear someone speaking in an oppressive manner, even a simple micro-aggression, I like to point it out… Read More

The Good News: August 2015

THE BIG PICTURE “The secret your son isn’t telling you about campus sexual assault“ We all want to believe it’s not my son. Not my son who is the 1 in 3 college men who would rape if he could get away with it. Not my son who is the 1 in 9 college men who have admitted… Read More

Pro(social) Tips: Responding to disclosures of sexual trauma

Yesterday in our weekly staff briefing at the STAR office, we discussed how sexual trauma survivors are more likely to consider and attempt suicide. We asked Nicole, one of our counselors who has over a decade of experience working with sexual trauma survivors, what she thought contributed most to survivors’ suicidal ideation and attempts. Her response? “I… Read More

The Good News: July 2015

THE BIG PICTURE “35 women tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen” ‘I’m no longer afraid,’ said Chelan Lasha, who came forward late last year to say that Cosby had drugged her when she was 17. ‘I feel more powerful than him.’ In 2005, Bill Cosby still had control… Read More

The movement moves with me(n)

The movement to end sexual violence requires work on all fronts. It needs passionate and focused organizations like STAR, but its success truly relies on cooperative efforts among several other networks, including law enforcement, medical professionals and educational institutions. Most importantly, however, it is dependent on the realization that sexual violence is not just a women’s… Read More

Sisterhood Solidarity

DIG Magazine published the following essay in its online opinion section on Feb. 10, 2015. The essay’s author, Leslie D. Rose, is a Baton Rouge journalist, poet, photographer and artist. You can follow her on Twitter at @DanielleGlamour. We at STAR thank Leslie D. Rose for authoring this piece and DIG Magazine for publishing it. Nearly every day… Read More

STAR’s tips and tricks for the Halloween season

Halloween is the undoubtedly the best holiday of the year! Here at STAR, we know a few ways to make it even better! Celebrate responsibly (and respectfully) Magic is in the air! Halloween isn’t just for the kiddos; we adults get an excuse to party too. As we all know, many adult gatherings include alcohol—society’s… Read More

Alcohol ≠ Foreplay: Shouldn’t the attraction be intoxicating enough?

In our first Consent Campaign essay, we explored how those who commit rape often use alcohol as a tool to incapacitate and control their victims. In this essay, we’re tackling the connection between alcohol and unhealthy norms of sexual interaction. Being sexually immature means wanting to do it, but not wanting to talk about it. –Mike… Read More