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!


2015 Web Launch

Fall Newsletter New Website Update Infographic-Take101-01Moving Forward

Every non-profit has their vision for the greater good of humanity. TAASA has special thanks to its strong audience of advocates, members, and contributors beyond the state. In order to connect our audience with the reality of sexual assault, we have chosen to move forward to the next level. Today we launch a re-branded website that has an improved strategy of communication.

This project required a focus on communicating the issue, improving media friendliness, and creating up-to-date tools that reach our target audience. Forms and … Read More >>

An Open Letter to HEB


Dear HEB,

First let me say, that I have been a big fan of your grocery store since I first moved to Austin back in 1986. That’s a lot of years of me singing your praises, HEB. So, as a fan, let me express my extreme disappointment in this product.

My first reaction, as a woman, was that I enjoy all of the nuts in this mix. Did nature not intend for me to eat these nuts? Or, is it that this particular blend of … Read More >>

Dallas FBI Victim Specialist

The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation would like to announce a vacant position in the Office for Victim Assistance/Victim Assistance Program.
Currently, the FBI has openings for the position of Victim Specialist, GS 11/12. The vacancies exist in the following field offices:

  • Dallas Field Office, Dallas, TX  (Salary Range:  $61,288 – $79,675)
  • Hours:  8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (M-F), after hour(s) response may be required
    Travel:  Occasional travel may be required for program/victim assistance, special deployment, and/or conferences/training.

    *This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants MUST verify completion of this requirement by submitting a … Read More >>

    A Statewide Latina Victim Outreach Project

    LVO logo.002Written by Laura E. Zárate, Arte Sana Founding Executive Director

    Texas has a long and proud history of victim advocacy and innovative program models that have been replicated across the nation. Texas is also among the leading states to formalize training programs for the promotor/and or community health worker who everyday helps connect residents in rural communities in particular, with vital health services. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census, nearly 3.8 million people live in rural areas throughout Texas. Since 2001, over 50% of Arte Sana’s bilingual … Read More >>

    Annual Conference Presenter Registration

    2015-Conference-Web-GraphicRegistration for TAASA Presenters for the 2015 Annual Conference is up! You can register here or check our details post under Upcoming Events: 2015 TAASA Annual Conference (01 Mar 2015).

    Registration is required for ALL presenters regardless of conference attendance so that name badges and ribbons can identify TAASA Presenters.  Please complete registration by January 15th by 5:00 pm.  It is the responsibility of ALL Primary Presenters to make sure your secondary/tertiary presenter(s) register on-line as well. Presenter fees are discounted to provide an opportunity … Read More >>