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Using all forms of art, for all forms of trauma.

STARS OVER SCARS 2022 ANNOUCEMENTS

1. Stars Over Scars has partnered with the Kansas City Art Institute to create a yearly scholarship for their Pre-College Art Lab Summer Program.

 ( During the two weeks, students study life drawing, plus their major studio. Weekends are devoted to introducing students to workshops exploring a variety of disciplines and the local Kansas City arts scene. Studio options for 2022 are Animation, Illustration, Painting and Sculpture. )

One applicant will receive an $1,000 scholarship provided by Stars Over Scars to attend the summer workshop. We currently have scholarships ready to cover 2022 - 2025, our goal is to raise a minimum of $1,000 per year to continue this scholarship for years to come.

2. Stars Over Scars is donating $2,000 to MOCSA, the Metropolitan Organization Countering Sexual Assault. MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and assault and to prevent sexual violence in our community.

3. Stars Over Scars is donating $2,000 to Synergy Services. Synergy provides a full continuum of care to assist individuals and families with immediate respite from violence, and services which empower clients to find and choose good options for future safety and success. Their programs include crisis hotlines, emergency shelter, transitional housing, therapeutic services, advocacy, mentoring and violence prevention programs throughout Greater Kansas City.

My Story

I became a survivor of sexual assault when I was fourteen years old. I became a survivor of rape when I was eighteen years old.

My fight against PTSD has been an ongoing struggle for several years, I developed Insomnia immediately after my assault. Trauma induced nightmares and flashbacks lasted several years and still to this day.

 

I spent a lot of nights counting stars from my window to calm myself after waking up from a flashback. That's where the name, Stars Over Scars, was created. It was the idea of choosing to add stars to myself rather than scars, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

It took me a long time till I was able to speak up and share my story at a young age, as I got older I began meeting other survivors, both younger and older. At age sixteen I shared my story to my community. It received both support but also received an unfortunate amount of hate from my hometown.

My junior year of high school, the first Stars Over Scars event took place on November 11, 2018. It was a night full of live music by the 5 Star KC Jazz Band, slam poets, UMKC Conservatory dancers, live singers, and keynote speakers from organizations such as MOCSA, Synergy Services, Embrace Your Humanity, and Theresa Hubbard. 

Over $5,000 was raised by the end of the night to support survivors of trauma through the arts.

I found art through my assault, art has always been then a hobby for me, it began as my coping mechanism. Still today, it is art that gets me out of bed and back into bed at the end of the day. I have to thank both the stars and the world of art for keeping me here today.

Five years later, I am now nineteen years old. I am pursuing my passion for the arts and continuing to spread the message of Stars Over Scars to others who have been impacted by trauma and sexual violence.

July 2022

As of June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Stars Over Scars fully supports the right to our own body. SOS supports the fight for every woman, unwanted pregnancy, LGBTQIA+ individual, sexual assault & rape survivor, and every person who is about to or has already lost the right to their own body.

Thank you to those who donated to the July 2022 fundraiser in support of the right to our reproductive system and for reproductive Justice, the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy.

In the month of July, $935 was raised by local supporters and donated to MOCSA, The Metropolitan Organization Countering Sexual Assault. To support an incredible group of individuals who worked extremely immediately heavy and hard days after the overturning. 

 

KANSAS RESOURCES

Center for Women's Health - 4840 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211  |  913-491-6878

Planned Parenthood Comprehensive Health Center - 4401 W 109th St, Overland Park, KS 66211  |  913-345-1400

Trust Women South Wind Center for Women's Health - 5107 E Kellogg Dr, Wichita, KS 67218  |  316-260-6934

Wichita Health Center of Wichita, Kansas - 2226 E Central Wichita, KS 67214 |  316-263-7575