STAR annual report shows increase in demand for sexual assault support services

STAR annual report shows increase in demand for sexual assault support services
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POSTED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 2:04pm

STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center) released its annual report A Year of Impact, detailing the 2012-2013 activities of the organization, which shows that the need for sexual assault support services has nearly doubled since last year.

A Year of Impact details the following increase in services seen at STAR in the past year:

  • Calls received on STAR’s 24-hour hotline (225-383-RAPE) increased over 100% in FY12 from 294 to 692.
  • The number of clients receiving sexual trauma counseling increased from 269 to 370 from FY11 to FY12.
  • The number of clients served through medical and legal advocacy increased from 157 to 286 from FY11 to FY12.

According to Executive Director Racheal Hebert, “Since international media stories have highlighted the growing epidemic of sexual violence occurring in our communities across the world, survivors in Baton Rouge have been more willing to speak up and seek help from STAR.”

In addition to these support and response services, the organization has also strengthened its presence in the community by conducting awareness campaigns and providing educational sessions to youth and adults on ways to prevent, recognize and intervene in sexual violence. According to A Year of Impact, STAR provided prevention education to over 40 schools and organizations—serving over 1,000 youth—in the Greater Baton Rouge community in the past year.

A Year of Impact will be formally presented to the community at STAR’s Annual Meeting on Friday, August 16th from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government Street. Complimentary breakfast will be served. Individuals interested in attending should email Interested parties and members of the press should direct inquiries to Racheal Hebert at (225) 615-7093 ext. 102 or (985) 855-2534 or

Annual Report 2012-2013 Final.pdf1.22 MB

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