The Good News: July 2015

THE BIG PICTURE “35 women tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen” ‘I’m no longer afraid,’ said Chelan Lasha, who came forward late last year to say that Cosby had drugged her when she was 17. ‘I feel more powerful than him.’ In 2005, Bill Cosby still had control… Read More

May Media Update

Local Legislation supporting sex assault victims advances to House Appropriations Committee Legislation that halts medical bills from being presented to rape victims sails through House committee House panel OKs rape victim exam funding Photo credit: http://www.denversaic.org Rape victim waves hospital bills before Louisiana lawmakers in emotional plea for new law Bill aimed at aiding sexual… Read More

April Media Update

Local STAR offers legal services for sexual assault survivors Baton Rouge gears up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month 10 things to know about Darren Sharper’s plea deal settling rape charges Leges take up sexual assault policies Smiling former Destrehan teacher ought to be on state’s sex-offender list: Jarvis DeBerry Christian Life Academy teacher arrested for… Read More

Sisterhood Solidarity

DIG Magazine published the following essay in its online opinion section on Feb. 10, 2015. The essay’s author, Leslie D. Rose, is a Baton Rouge journalist, poet, photographer and artist. You can follow her on Twitter at @DanielleGlamour. We at STAR thank Leslie D. Rose for authoring this piece and DIG Magazine for publishing it. Nearly every day… 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