Layering Trauma – Martha Ramos Duffer


This is a featured article from TAASA’s Summer 2015 Newsletter, authored by Dr. Martha Ramos Duffer of Quantum Possibilities.

We use the term trauma to describe the cognitive, emotional, and physical changes that occur when someone survives an event that shatters their world.

A traumatic event threatens the physical or psychological survival of a person and changes what they had come to know about themselves, others, and/or the world around them. When a person’s relationship to themselves, others, being tortured, raped, assaulted, beaten, and controlled by men in …

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Gender Diversity in the Sexual Assault Movement – Katrina Stewart

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This is a featured article from TAASA’s Fall 2015 Newsletter, authored by Katrina Stewart of the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

In general parlance, when we talk about gender equality and/or gender diversity, we are often talking about the representation of women on equal footing with men. What is sometimes left out of this discussion is the reality of individuals whose gender, as perceived by others, does not fit the neat and traditional definitions of male/female. The male/female dichotomy is, at its …

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Announcement: 2016 Diversity Scholarship Recipients

2016 Conference Updates Icons -diversity scholarshipThank You to All Applicants

Scholarship recipients will be contacted individually in February in order to go over details.

TAASA’s Diversity Task Force prides itself in the process by which recipients are selected. Each application was qualified and carefully reviewed. We encourage all applicants to keep up the good work in positively impacting the movement to end sexual violence. Thank you all for taking the time to complete a thorough application and we look forward to meeting you at the annual conference in Corpus Christi!

2016 Scholarship Recipients:

Elizabeth Amaro
Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center
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Announcement: California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

California Pizza Kitchen FundraiserGrab a pizza, help an advocate

Bring this flyer to California Pizza Kitchen at 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy (Barton Creek Square) next Thursday, September 24th!

Every year, TAASA’s Diversity Task Force offers scholarship opportunities for individuals making a difference and effectively serving marginalized communities to attend TAASA’s Annual Conference. 20% of each purchase at this location will go directly to this scholarship fund.

Be sure to share via Facebook, Twitter, &/or Instagram! Join the conversation & follow our #diversitytaskforce feed.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Foegelle at or Haleh Cochran at


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Announcement: Upworthy News

Upworthy_HandpickedTwo years ago today, Upworthy wrote the article, “Boys Who Know How To Break Boxes Grow Into Men Who Respect Women” in a shout out to TAASA’s Break the Box campaign video. Today Upworthy continues to help spread support for awareness across social media platforms in an effort to highlight how gender stereotypes can negatively impact our youth and societal attitudes. Be sure to check out more about Break the Box on our Public Awareness Campaigns page.

Sexual violence isn’t just about rape or physical harassment. It begins when we hurt people through the words we use and attitudes we carry. Stereotypes of what it means to be a man …

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