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

Digital Educator

Megan is passionate about prevention education and community. She strongly believes in social justice and ending violence. Megan works as a digital educator at HCWC where she uses social media, our podcast, and community presentations to promote gender equality, advocacy, consent, and healthy relationships. She is also passionate about advocating for peace, equality, and youth empowerment. She enjoys research, watching movies, playing roller derby, and spending time at the river with family.

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.

Gemma Medina

Prevention Educator

Gemma is a Squishmallow enthusiast who loves listening to podcasts in her spare time. Gemma works as a prevention educator at HCWC where she helps provide resources, advocacy, and awareness on healthy relationships, domestic violence, and sexual assault to adolescents and the community. Gemma is a proud alum of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she received her bachelor’s in Rehabilitation services. She is passionate about advocating for people with disabilities, equality, and social change.

Favorite Quote: “Some progress is better than no progress” – anonymous
Favorite Food: Fettucine Alfredo and Chilaquiles!
Favorite Band: Fall Out Boy
Advice you would give your younger self: Give yourself the love, respect, and patience you give to others.
Where to find Gemma: Taking a nap or at Target, Dollar Tree, and Five below.

Nathan Thompson

Creative Projects Coordinator

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.