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

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

Blog Submission Guidelines

If anyone in our community of Baton Rouge is interested in submitting a post to our blog, please see below for our submission guidelines:   All guest posts must be related to STAR’s mission and/or vision. Mission: To provide support, education and advocacy to empower all individuals and families affected by sexual trauma, and engage and… 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