April Media Update

Local News

Baton Rouge pastor was arrested on accusations of raping a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman.

A man from Baton Rouge was held on a $225,000 bond, charged with aggravated rape and sexual battery for molesting a 4 year old girl.

A woman was kidnapped from the French Quarter and raped by four men.

A Tulane University student says she was sexually assaulted in an off-campus bar.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) arrested a man for aggravated rape of a 12-year-old girl.

The Baton Rouge Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a 20-year-old man who physically abused and sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman.

Zachary police arrested an 18-year-old man accused in the rape of a 14-year-old girl.

National News

If you aren’t sure what rape culture looks like, a hashtag that was trending on tweeter provides plenty of examples: #RapeCultureIsWhen




A public art project created supportive space for survivors of rape and abuse at the U.S. Capitol Building. The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors and an effort to create public healing space.

“The people that benefit the most directly from the public scrutiny of survivors are rapists. We live in a country where it is safer to commit an act of rape that to publicly disclose having survived one.” See more here.

Here at STAR, we will be hosting a Monument Quilt workshop. Register here and come help us make a quilt on April 13th from 2pm-5pm at our office. Also, see our other events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Monument Quilt Display at the Capitol Building



The Power of Empathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

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