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

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

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

Intruder Alert: Should BR Really Be Welcoming R. Kelly with Open Arms?

DIG Magazine published the following essay in their Feb. 5, 2014 issue. The essay’s author, Donney Rose, is a Baton Rouge native, 14-year spoken word veteran of the local poetry scene, and youth development worker with Forward Arts. We at STAR thank Donney Rose for authoring this piece and DIG Magazine for publishing it. Rose will be… 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

12/19/13 Weekly Media Update

Local News Baton Rouge The East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies issued an additional warrant last week to a teen accused of standing watch outside a high school bathroom while another boy raped a teen girl. After the incident, the victim says the three walked out of the stall and other boys began grabbing her… Read More

12/11/13 Weekly Media Update

Local News Baton Rouge In last week’s media update, there were many articles about several men being charged in the rape of a 12 year old girl in Port Allen. We’ve now learned that two of the men’s bail amounts were increased, see here. In another article, we hear from Racheal Hebert, our executive director at STAR.… Read More

Child sexual abuse victims need our support, not blame

Written by Racheal Hebert, LMSW Executive Director at STAR According to local news sources, last week five men and one woman were arrested in connection to the multiple rapes of a 12-year-old girl in Port Allen, LA.  WBRZ reported that Ivy Martin, a registered sex offender, began raping the young girl after a period of grooming, where… Read More