STARS conducted a series of activities during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week to increase access to support and education. We engaged in "street chalking" in Poole town centre, where members of the Youth Parliament shared experiences of sexual harassment.

Events at Bournemouth University allowed students to ask shame-free questions, particularly focusing on topics like sexual choking, asphyxiation, kink, and BDSM. Games were used to facilitate open discussions.

STARS also hosted the Let’s Talk Pants campaign in The Dolphin Poole to teach children how to stay safe. Adults were asked to share what advice they would give to their younger self, so STARS can bring further support to the community. The charity plans to continue community events, with support from local organizations like The Dolphin Poole, which hosted their activities.

You can read more about the week in the Bournemouth Echo.