Services Spotlight: The Sexual Assault Legal Clinic

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. Learning—one of six core values here at STAR—is very important in the work that we do. We believe that through expanding our knowledge about ourselves, others, and systems, we become more capable… 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

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

Sexual Assault Awareness Month spotlights campus sexual violence

Safer campuses. Brighter futures. Prevent sexual assault. That’s what the National Sexual Violence Resource Center is asking of our nation this April. The U.S. first recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001. Since then, NSVRC and other sexual violence organizations have hosted campaigns each April to spread awareness about sexual trauma and to… Read More

Understanding child sexual development: A response to the Lena Dunham accusations

Since the release of her memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl,” Lena Dunham has received criticism about some of her self-described “weird” behaviors toward her sister that include sexual exploration as a young child. Using the hashtag #BoycottLenaDunham, many critics are accusing Lena of being a sexual predator. The accusations began after an article published on… Read More

Sex is Great! Consent is the presence of a yes, not the absence of a no

In our first Consent Campaign post, we explored how those who commit rape often use alcohol as a tool to incapacitate and control their victims. In our second post, we tackled the connection between alcohol and unhealthy norms of sexual interaction. With this post, we are building a vision of healthy sexuality and want to… 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

“Drunk Yet?” Alcohol is the #1 date rape drug

Trigger Warning: This essay contains a scenario of acquaintance rape. Education Warning: This essay contains information that may change the way you think about the connection between alcohol and rape. Because it is legal and can be found pretty much anywhere, many people fail to recognize alcohol as a drug. Yet it is a drug, and… Read More

Child sexual abuse victims need our support, not blame

Written by Racheal Hebert, LMSW Executive Director at STAR According to local news sources, last week five men and one woman were arrested in connection to the multiple rapes of a 12-year-old girl in Port Allen, LA.  WBRZ reported that Ivy Martin, a registered sex offender, began raping the young girl after a period of grooming, where… Read More