June Media Update

Local News Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law”, requiring schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault. Louisiana lawmakers have given police and prosecutors a deadline to promptly test DNA evidence collected following a sexual assault and to report their progress. The inspector general audit found that the New Orleans Police Department misclassified many rape cases.… Read More

May Media Update

Local News A convicted sex offender from Port Allen repeatedly raped his girlfriend’s 12-year-old daughter last year and arranged sexual encounters between the girl and other adults. He was indicted along with five others in the rape of the child. Baton Rouge Police arrested a 32-year-old man accused of beating and raping a woman at… Read More

March Media Update

Local News Former Saints player, Darren Sharper, is accused of raping two women in New Orleans. Sharper turned himself in to Louisiana authorities on Friday, February 28th. Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. plead guilty to “inappropriate sexual contact” and lying to the FBI about the incident. A girl from Baton Rouge disclosed to a school… Read More

February Media Update

Local News Shine the Light STAR and HAART are now accepting submissions for Shine the Light event performers. Apply now here! Deputies arrest a man in Centerville, LA suspected of raping 12-year-old girl. Girl from New Orleans testifies in sex abuse trial. Baton Rouge Police Department investigates home invasions. Judge appoints public defender for home invasion suspect. Two Baton… Read More

A STAR Intern’s Experience

This past summer at STAR, we were extremely fortunate to have a fantastic group of passionate and dedicated interns. Catherine Cooper was one of them. A STAR volunteer and current LSU student majoring in English, Catherine wrote a reflection of her internship experience. Here, we share it with you. Oftentimes, myths obscure the reality. Truths… Read More

Why should I care about violence against women?

Recently I presented information about sexual violence to a group of college university professionals. Per my usual Sexual Violence 101 lecture, I gave information about the scope and prevalence of sexual assault, risk and protective factors for victims and offenders, and the physical/psychological/economic consequences of experiencing a rape. When I began to discuss rape culture,… Read More

To Report or Not To Report: Pouring fuel into the “Blaming the Victim” machine

Reporting rape and seeking help are probably the most delicate issues that the survivors of sexual assault face. Today we want to talk about these issues and present an inspirational piece to our readers. According to Nicole Gillum, Sexual Trauma Specialist at STAR, statistics in Baton Rouge, LA, match the national statistics. Only about 5%… Read More

Men’s March to End Rape!

This Sunday, April 29th is STAR’s 2nd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an international men’s march to end rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The event will include live music by The Fugitive Poets, beverages provided by Mockler, and free snowballs! Bring a pair of heels and walk with us this Sunday at… Read More


Steve, the vagina-loving man: Basically, I thought I knew something. And I knew nothing. That’s what it comes down to.” On March 22, Baton Rouge once again embraced Eve Ensler’s world-famous play “The Vagina Monologues”, organized the 5th year in a row by Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center to spread awareness and raise funds… Read More