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#MeetTheTeamTuesday: Laura Stearns

We’re introducing Laura Stearns for this week’s #MeetTheTeamTuesday. Laura is our Victim Support Advocate for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I really like being able to help people find some balance in moments that feel scary, chaotic, or uncertain. If I can provide a stabilizing hand to someone who is spinning emotionally because of something beyond their control, I feel like I’ve done something meaningful.
What do you wish people knew about this work?
Sexual violence is a challenging and painful subject that most people would rather not look at. There are so many people doing incredible work all over the place that goes unnoticed. We help people to reclaim what was taken from them, the power of choice. It’s hard work, but it’s not all doom and gloom.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Twin Cities?
I really love the river that winds its way between our twin cities. I love walking my dog by the Mississippi, especially near the Stone Arch Bridge and the dam. I like to see and feel the power of the water coming through there.
📸 Bailey Sears Photography
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