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: Margaret Reynolds

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.   Empathy is not always easy, but it is a necessity if we are to build a world with… Read More

Services Spotlight: Volunteers needed in NOLA!

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. This past year has been a big one for STAR! In the past six months, we have begun to expand services to New Orleans, recently launching a 24/7, sexual assault-specific hotline for… 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

Agents of Change: Mary Helen Cagle

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. The easiest way to promote change is to speak up. So many historical movements started out with someone saying,… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: A recipe for trauma-informed holidays

It’s already November and 2015 is coming to a close, which means holiday season is right around the corner! Winter welcomes a smorgasbord of cultural holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc. For most people, family time is synonymous with this joyous season. From blood relatives to chosen families, this time of year is meant… Read More

Agents of Change: Brittany Tassin

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. “If everyone were to make one step forward, then I am confident that we can end sexual violence!”–Brittany Tassin… Read More

Sex Workers and Sexual Trauma

When one imagines a “perfect” rape victim (meaning the type of victim commonly viewed as credible and undeserving of harm, and therefore most likely to receive community support), we imagine a young, virginal, white woman who is submissive, is dressed modestly, and is being ladylike at the time of her assault. While it’s true that… Read More

Agents of Change: Florence Fontenot

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. I am overjoyed in knowing that, by having STAR at their side as their support system, a difference is… 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