Emerging Together

Last year, STAR’s newly established New Orleans branch received a grant of $10,000 from the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO). Since being awarded this funding, STAR’s New Orleans branch has accomplished the following: Responded to 176 hospital call-outs  Answered 409 hotline calls Served 233 unique clients through our counseling, legal, and advocacy programs Covered 92% of… Read More

Agents of Change: Erin Douget

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@star.ngo.   We have short lives, but we have the ability to make them wide with love and compassion. If… Read More

We are all fully human, even offenders

THE BIG PICTURE “David Bowie: Time to mourn or call out?“ “We can both remember and forgive as a people. We can hold folks accountable and keep them with us. We can remember, not forgive, and still move forward. We have options…  It can be difficult and scary and destabilizing to hold the reality of… 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

Agents of Change: Stefanie Hanley

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. Being active means being educated on the injustices that victims face every day. Educating the community is the only… Read More

How can we compete? The competitive sports industry vs. the violence prevention movement

Recently, highly publicized media stories have shed light on violence perpetrated by star athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, Ray Rice and Darren Sharper, and the institutions that continue to compromise their achievements and on-field tenacity for the ongoing threat they pose to their families and our communities. These institutions, such as the NFL and WBA,… 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

Hold your breath: Refusal to report sexual violence isn’t just about stigma

Antigravity Magazine published the following essay in January 2015. The essay’s author, Ann Glaviano, is a New Orleans copy editor and grant writer. We at STAR thank Ann Glaviano for authoring this piece and Antigravity Magazine for publishing it. I spent my first six months of graduate school being stalked and sexually harassed, verbally and physically, by another student. I… Read More

Veterans Day: Recognize military sexual assault

Veterans Day is a national holiday to honor the United States armed forces. During this day, many pay tribute to those who have died or have been injured due to their service. However, we often ignore the impacts of sexual trauma within the military. Here’s a few facts to help present the magnitude of this issue:… 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