Agents of Change: Alicia Murphy

There are many people in our community working to create positive change to end sexual violence. We want to meet as many of them as possible. If you would like to submit a recommendation, please email Knowing that we have been a resource for so many and knowing that I have played a small part… Read More

Guilt and Innocence

One common characteristic of traumatic, life-threatening situations is that victims will experience a sense of extreme powerlessness against forces that clearly do not value their health, humanity and well-being. This is not only terrifying, it is destabilizing and dehumanizing. The good news is that a survivor of a terrifying, life-threatening trauma may be comforted and… Read More

Safe sexting: Risk reduction vs. Expectations of respect

The following piece was written by Mary Helen Cagle, an Advocacy intern at STAR. As part of her internship, Mary Helen wrote this essay on revenge porn to change the conversation about sexting. We loved it so much, we had to feature it on our blog (with Mary Helen’s permission, of course). We hope you… Read More

Confronting our Blind Spots

It’s time to recognize that predators groom entire communities, not just their “targets.” “Predator” is both a useful and problematic label. On the one hand, it dehumanizes perpetrators of violence in a way that makes it difficult for people to consider that their loved one may be guilty of committing violence. On the other hand,… Read More

Help us flip the script: #50ShadesofGreen

The mass appeal of Fifty Shades of Grey has caused some to question whether our culture is becoming more sexually liberated or more sexually oppressive. Since its release in 2012, the book series has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and has now been turned into a major motion picture. There are those who… Read More

Change starts from within

Our response to survivors’ stories in the media With heightened attention on sexual assault in the media, we are witnessing very public criticism and scrutiny of survivors’ stories. From the well-publicized Rolling Stone article on the UVA gang rape to the ever-growing list of women accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, we continue… Read More

Give Thanks this #GivingTuesday

Here at STAR, we have so many things to be thankful for, including our tremendous year of growth! Thanks to the overwhelming support from our donors, volunteers, community partners and staff, STAR has reached an all-time high in the numbers of survivors we have served so far this year. All of our services, including our… Read More

Our View: Survivors should not have to pay for crimes committed against them

Recently there have been several news stories that have uncovered the problematic issue of survivors receiving bills for sexual assault forensic examinations. Here in the Capital Region, STAR works with the local hospital systems to advocate for survivors so that they do not have to pay costs out of pocket. We know that this is simply a stop-gap… Read More

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