Serving survivors from the HAART

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. Sexual violence occurs at epidemic levels, with someone in the U.S. sexually assaulted every 2 minutes, and Baton Rouge is not exempt. Supporting survivors in our community is a big task, and while… Read More

Looking back as we move forward

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you.   At STAR, we pride ourselves on accomplishing a lot with limited resources, which means most of the time we’re working hard and looking ahead. On a daily basis, we dedicate ourselves… Read More

Services Spotlight: Volunteers needed in NOLA!

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. This past year has been a big one for STAR! In the past six months, we have begun to expand services to New Orleans, recently launching a 24/7, sexual assault-specific hotline for… Read More

Services Spotlight: Awareness and action at TBTN

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. Take Back the Night Beginning in the early 1970s, Take Back the Night has served as an awareness event, held across many different communities and countries, to focus on various forms of… Read More

Services Spotlight: The Sexual Assault Legal Clinic

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. Learning—one of six core values here at STAR—is very important in the work that we do. We believe that through expanding our knowledge about ourselves, others, and systems, we become more capable… Read More

Services Spotlight: 2015 summer internship program

Sometimes, you just have to brag. We at STAR are doing amazing things, and we want to share our progress and positive experiences with you. STAR envisions a healthy community free from oppression and sexual trauma. Our mission is to support survivors of sexual trauma, improve systems response, and create social change to end sexual… Read More

Celebrate 40 years in 40 days!

STAR is over the hill  This July marks the 40th anniversary of our organization providing quality services to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in the Greater Baton Rouge community. What began in 1975 as a small group of passionate community members that established the Rape Crisis Center as part of the 19th Judicial… Read More

“The system failed her.” 

The story of Lyndsi Lambert is one that is all too familiar to advocates. A survivor presents to a hospital for a sexual assault forensic exam. After one of the most terrifying, disempowering and violating experiences one can endure, she continues to feel vulnerable and exposed while doctors and nurses collect evidence. As she attempts… Read More

Owning the Issue: McKinley High students speak up about sexual harassment

When many adults think of educating youth for the prevention of sexual violence, they think of one-shot presentations or multi-session curricula targeted at youth. Yet best practices tell us that a single dose of education isn’t enough to change attitudes or behavior, and even multiple educational sessions targeted at youth are insufficient on their own for… Read More

The movement moves with me(n)

The movement to end sexual violence requires work on all fronts. It needs passionate and focused organizations like STAR, but its success truly relies on cooperative efforts among several other networks, including law enforcement, medical professionals and educational institutions. Most importantly, however, it is dependent on the realization that sexual violence is not just a women’s… Read More