Agents of Change: Erin Douget

There are many people in our community working to create positive change to end sexual violence. We want to meet as many of them as possible. If you would like to submit a recommendation, please email prevention@star.ngo.   We have short lives, but we have the ability to make them wide with love and compassion. If… Read More

Agents of Change: Stefanie Hanley

There are many people in our community working to create positive change to end sexual violence. We want to meet as many of them as possible. If you would like to submit a recommendation, please email prevention@brstar.org. Being active means being educated on the injustices that victims face every day. Educating the community is the only… Read More

The Good News: November 2015

THE BIG PICTURE “How the harassment of a Brazilian child unified the country’s women“ Valentina Schulz on Junior MasterChef in Brazil Women and girls are using their voices and stories to raise awareness and protest. The battle is far from over, but the inspiring campaigns of women around the world make me feel empowered to… Read More

The Good News: October 2015

THE BIG PICTURE “What’s Wrong with a Hug?: When a child in our church complained about an adult volunteer’s physical affection, we faced a difficult decision.” In reality, there are many forms of abuse, including emotional, spiritual, and physical abuse. If we think of abuse only as sexual, we will miss other forms of abuse, many… Read More

Pro (Social) Tips: Safe and Happy Halloween 102

It’s that time of the year again–class is back in session. Even better, Halloween is right around the corner! Last year, we published some study material to help you prep for the big day. Before we jump into our freaky festivities, let’s review the material and expand on our findings.  1. Celebrate responsibly (and respectfully).… 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

March Media Update

Local Baton Rouge therapist accused of groping 11-year-old boy during counseling session Jindal-backed legislation eyes unclaimed gambling winnings to pay for rape exams Multi-national child pornography investigation leads to arrest of Baton Rouge man Man booked on attempted rape at East Brookstown Drive apartment Source: Darren Sharper takes 20 years in Louisiana rapes, but will… Read More

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

STAR’s tips and tricks for the Halloween season

Halloween is the undoubtedly the best holiday of the year! Here at STAR, we know a few ways to make it even better! Celebrate responsibly (and respectfully) Magic is in the air! Halloween isn’t just for the kiddos; we adults get an excuse to party too. As we all know, many adult gatherings include alcohol—society’s… 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