Laura Stearns
Paladin Advocacy: Cultivating a Culture of Consent


I've spent the better part of the last six years on a journey investigating the effects of trauma. No, I'm not a therapist—I'm a survivor, and an advocate for helping others. I've worked in theater production in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, both on and off stage, for more than 35 years, and I'm a survivor of childhood sexual assault in a theater. I now spend most of my time bringing awareness to the issues of sexual harm in the arts.

My book, Until the Morning Birds Sing: A memoir of Trauma and Resilience is the account of my experience of breaking my silence around sexual violence and navigating a re-traumatizing legal system. It will be available in April of 2022.

The companion book to my memoir, ALTERED: Transforming Negative Thinking, Rape Culture and Legal Harm [Working title], available in the Summer of 2022, provides practical application steps for transforming ourselves and our cultureBoth books will be available through Amazon and select bookstores.

If you are interested in my writing, my thoughts about what is happening around me and inside of me, please read my Blog. I'm practicing speaking truth in all areas of my life because I've spent far too many years burdened with shame, silence and isolation. It's time to say things OUT LOUD.