STAR is on the RISE
225 Magazine features STAR in their December issue. We are grateful for the coverage, but more so for the thoughtful and informative focus on the issue of sexual trauma. Check out the article here.
We at STAR are pleased to announce that the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation has generously funded STAR’s prevention education and community outreach program. Learn more about our educational services by clicking here!
A former student identifies himself as the victim of the former Catholic High-New Iberia teacher arrested last week and accused of molesting one of her male students 10 years ago.
He says, “I wanted to come forward and reveal my identity today to let other individuals who have or who are being victimized know that it is OK to come forward and contact authorities.”
See more here.
Five charged in rape of a 12 year old girl in Port Allen. See more here and here. In another article here, family members of the girl react to the rape.
More women are coming forward about their rapes and sexual assaults, standing up against stigma and shame. See here for some of these women’s inspiring stories!
As the holidays approach, anti-rape ads are put out by police forces to attempt to combat alcohol-related sexual assault. These ads, however, use victim-blaming tactics, placing the responsibility on women to protect themselves against binge drinking instead of focusing on the perpetrator’s behavior. Check out the photo below or click here for more.
Racism and sexual assault: one black man’s perspective
Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, lecturer, and anti-sexist activist, talks about the issue of black men being stereotyped as rapists yet the need to hold men accountable for rape.
“It is true that Black men continue to be cruelly stereotyped as rapists. As a Black man, I carry that label – and all of the other stereotypes associated with Black men – wherever I go in our country. However, it is also a stereotype that women lie about being victims of rape more often than not. According to FBI statistics, less than 3% of all rapes are falsely reported.”
See more here.