Who We Are

Stop The Hurt is an educational resource for all people as they seek to develop healthy relationships with peers, partners, family, and themselves. We believe all relationships should be based on mutual respect and equality. Our hope is to create conversations around consent, healthy relationships, peaceful communication, and self-compassion. Together we can #StopTheHurt

A Project of HCWC

StopTheHurt is a project of HCWC, based in Central Texas. The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a local non-profit who offers free and confidential services to men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse living in Hays and Caldwell Counties.  Services are available in English and Spanish. Learn more at HCWC.org


Meet the Team

Kiara Nicholson

Prevention Coordinator

Kiara is a full-time cat lady with a passion for social justice. At HCWC, she is the Primary Prevention Coordinator – facilitating conversations with adolescents and adults on fostering healthier relationships and ways to make the world a safer, more equitable place. Kiara is a proud alum of Texas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology. Her passions include social change, youth activism, LGBTQ activism, and crafting. She doesn’t like taking pictures, but she does love Bitmojis.

Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
Favorite Food: It’s too hard to pick one! But it has to be vegan.
Favorite Band: Paramore
Advice you would give your younger self: If your relationship doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, it’s not a relationship you want to be in. Work on the relationships with people who make you feel good! Including the one you have with yourself. Always have your own back.
Where to find Kiara: Taking a nap, hanging out with her twin sister, or with a cat.

Megan Osborne

Prevention Educator

Megan is passionate about education and working with young people. She strongly believes in social justice and ending violence in the community. Megan works as a prevention educator at HCWC where she engages youth and facilitates discussions in the community promoting gender equality, advocacy, consent, and healthy relationships. She is passionate about advocating for peace, equality, and youth empowerment. She enjoys research, watching movies, playing roller derby, and drinking coffee.

Favorite Quote: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Bands: What’s So Not, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun
Advice you would give your younger self: Know your worth and don’t tolerate people who don’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated. Be brave and speak out even if your voice shakes.
Where to find Megan: At the river with her family or playing roller derby.

Vanessa GonzalesVanessa Gonzales

Prevention Educator

Vanessa is a proud alum of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As a Prevention Educator with Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, she provides educational support, resources, advocacy, and awareness on teen dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She has a strong passion for social justice, and her work is geared towards eliminating and reduce factors that cause the victimization of domestic and sexual violence and unhealthy relationships within the communities. She enjoys working out, playing basketball, podcasting, and reading.

Favorite Quote: “I wish there was a way to know you’re in ‘the good old days’ before you’ve actually left them.” – Andy Bernard (The Office)
Favorite Food: I love cooking and eating healthy but outside of that I love sushi and pizza.
Favorite Bands: Luke Combs, Austin Stone Worship, and Khalid
Advice you would give your younger self: Challenge yourself to grow, engage in enjoyable environments, fulfill a hierarchal need for human connection, and understand that your ability to align your life correctly is not determined by other people.
Where to find Vanessa: At the gym, peacefully reading somewhere, on a hike, with family and friends, or somewhere adventurous with my daughter.

Nathan Thompson

Digital Educator

Nathan is a graphic designer and digital educator who loves the outdoors, kombucha, and making people happy. He has a BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University and loves designing logos, print materials, and websites. His true passions exist in nature and spending as much time as he can outside — mostly in his kayak at the river.

Favorite Quote: “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Favorite Food: Anything I cook, but mostly venison.
Favorite Band: Elliott Smith
Advice you would give your younger self: Have patience, have faith, live genuinely, and love unconditionally. With those things, you can’t go wrong.
Where to find Nathan: Alone in wild places, typically on some river in Central Texas.