Understanding child sexual development: A response to the Lena Dunham accusations

Since the release of her memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl,” Lena Dunham has received criticism about some of her self-described “weird” behaviors toward her sister that include sexual exploration as a young child. Using the hashtag #BoycottLenaDunham, many critics are accusing Lena of being a sexual predator. The accusations began after an article published on… Read More

Veterans Day: Recognize military sexual assault

Veterans Day is a national holiday to honor the United States armed forces. During this day, many pay tribute to those who have died or have been injured due to their service. However, we often ignore the impacts of sexual trauma within the military. Here’s a few facts to help present the magnitude of this issue:… Read More

Sex is Great! Consent is the presence of a yes, not the absence of a no

In our first Consent Campaign post, we explored how those who commit rape often use alcohol as a tool to incapacitate and control their victims. In our second post, we tackled the connection between alcohol and unhealthy norms of sexual interaction. With this post, we are building a vision of healthy sexuality and want to… Read More

October Media Update

Local Few Louisiana rape victims seek reparations through complex process Lawmakers set meeting to discuss billing of rape victims, campus sexual assault report Teacher at False River Academy in Pointe Coupee Parish arrested, suspected of sexually assaulting student Panel considers campus sexual assault survey LSU police investigating an alleged sexual assault on campus Louisiana can… 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

September Media Update

Local  Scott Rodgers thought to have been murdered by ex-lover LSU working to stay updated on campus sexual assault issues Man arrested on suspicion of molesting 16-year-old after LSU football tailgating STAR in the News Nola.com reports: Baton Rouge a hub for sex trafficking  Nola.com reports: Louisiana campus sexual assault report is a mixed bag, legislator… Read More

Alcohol ≠ Foreplay: Shouldn’t the attraction be intoxicating enough?

In our first Consent Campaign essay, we explored how those who commit rape often use alcohol as a tool to incapacitate and control their victims. In this essay, we’re tackling the connection between alcohol and unhealthy norms of sexual interaction. Being sexually immature means wanting to do it, but not wanting to talk about it. –Mike… Read More

“Drunk Yet?” Alcohol is the #1 date rape drug

Trigger Warning: This essay contains a scenario of acquaintance rape. Education Warning: This essay contains information that may change the way you think about the connection between alcohol and rape. Because it is legal and can be found pretty much anywhere, many people fail to recognize alcohol as a drug. Yet it is a drug, and… Read More

The Scarlett “R” – Stigma, Shame and Speaking Out

“When I returned to work [after I was raped] and was on the elevator with people I knew—I felt like I had a scarlet ‘R’ in the middle of my forehead. I felt branded by my assault and was confident that my scarlet R was all they saw.” (Source: Putting the Focus on Victims) Stigma,… Read More

The Sexy Rapist

Former Saints player Darren Sharper was arrested in January following an investigation into two charges of rape. More women have now come forward with similar allegations. Many people watching coverage of Sharper’s arrest and of the allegations are left scratching their heads, no doubt because one of the most persistent myths about rape and sexual… Read More