Press Release: Honoring Samantha Dean

For Immediate Release

Date: March 4, 2015

Contact: Rose Luna – TAASA Communications Program Director – 512-659-8065          

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Honors the Late Samantha Dean, Kyle PD Victim Service Coordinator

Austin, TX - The news of Samantha Dean’s untimely death devastated many in the anti-sexual violence movement in Texas.  Samantha was an active member of TAASA’s Diversity Task Force; whose mission is to ensure survivors from marginalized communities receive effective advocacy services.

“Her work with TAASA was too short, but very impactful,” says Rose Luna, Communications Program Director and Co-Chair of TAASA’s Diversity Task Force.


Press Release: Brooke Axtell Opens Annual Conference

For Immediate Release

Brooke Axtell, co-performer with Katy Perry at this year’s Grammys, set to perform at the 33rd Annual Texas Association Against Sexual Assault conference 

Austin, TX – This year’s Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) Annual Conference opens with a spoken word performance by Brooke Axtell. Brooke captured the nation with her opening performance at the Grammy’s for Katy Perry, prefaced with President Obama’s plea for ending sexual and domestic violence.

“Sexual assault is a devastating crime and society’s misunderstanding can unintentionally impede healing for survivors. The positive attention from the White House, NFL, and other high profile … Read More >>

Brooke Axtell Opens 2015 Annual Conference

Brooke-Axtell-HeadshotBrooke Axtell: Opening Presentation

TAASA is proud to partner with passionate advocates statewide and beyond. Brooke Axtell will open our 33rd Annual Conference on Monday, March 2, 2015. Brooke Axtell is the Director of Communications and Engagement for Allies Against Slavery, a non-profit devoted to ending human trafficking. She also founded Survivor Healing and Empowerment (S.H.E.), a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and sex-trafficking. Read her bio >


A Powerful Activist


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Leaders in the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Movement in Texas Convene

FY15_ED_Conference_Logo-300x239Media Contacts:

Rose Luna, Communications Program Director – TAASA – (512) 659-8065

Angela Hale – (512) 289-2995

Austin, TX- On the heels of Super Bowl XLIX’s first public service announcement to create awareness about  domestic violence and sexual assault, front line leaders meet today to share strategies for  strengthening and sustaining local family violence shelters and rape crisis centers.

Celebrating Love with Equality

equalitylove_blog_1_30Author: Emiliano Diaz De Leon

Soon we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, a day in which we express our love for our significant others.  What will you get your sweetheart?

  • A card .…$2.49
  • A stuffed animal ….$4.97
  • A box of chocolates .…$10.99
  • A dozen roses….$35.00
  • A diamond pendant ….$450.00
  • A healthy, nonviolent relationship ….Priceless

Too often we succumb to the traditions of the holiday by racing frantically to the store to pick up a heart-shaped box filled with candy or an over-sized gorilla that sings “Wild Thing” in order to … Read More >>

Conversations that Almost Never Happened

Over the last 5 weeks, as part of TAASA’s curriculum development project, I have had the opportunity to work twice a week with a group of thirty-two 8th grade boys. I, along with fellow preventioneer Maya Pilgrim, facilitated Maya’s 10 session curriculum designed to increase positive peer influences among young males. We had the good fortune of partnering with Austin’s KIPP Academy to deliver the curriculum and gather data on the impact the curriculum had on the participants.

If I am being honest, I was not at all confident that Maya and I would be well received. I found myself … Read More >>

Men of Faith Summit January 30th



Join prevention educators and faithful leaders from around Texas for a round table discussion on the role that boys and men from their faith community can play in preventing sexual violence.

Check out our events calendar for registration details. Please direct any questions you have regarding this event and the registration process to Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon, TAASA Men’s Engagement Specialist.

No More Week March 8th – 14th

no_more_weekAll allies are welcome to share this graphic in favor of No More Week. There are so many ways that you – your school, company, church, team, or organization – can say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault! Stay tuned for more details, including the official NO MORE Week Guide. Check out for more information and join in the conversation!