STAR Executive Director Appointed to the LA Women’s Policy and Research Commission

STAR Executive Director Appointed to the LA Women’s Policy and Research Commission

POSTED: Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:04pm

STAR Executive Director Racheal Hebert was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission by Governor Jindal on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

STAR, which stands for Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, provides advocacy, support and education to empower all individuals and families affected by sexual trauma, and engages and mobilizes the community to prevent sexual violence in Baton Rouge.

According to the 2012 Report to the Governor, the purpose of the Commission is “to monitor the status of Louisiana women, to identify and analyze trends that impact the health and prosperity of Louisiana women, and to advise the Governor on particular hardships, concerns, and needs that challenge Louisiana women and possible solutions to those challenges.”

In the past, the Commission’s Report to the Governor has not reported on the impact of sexual violence on Louisiana women because the Commission lacks statewide data on the issue.

According to Ms. Hebert, “My goal is to change that.” She states, “Sexual violence is an issue that is more prevalent in Louisiana than we know. Without statewide data, we have little understanding of how this issue impacts our state economically, not to mention the effects on individual survivors and the communities in which they live.”

The Commission is in the process of preparing their 2014 Report to the Governor. Ms. Hebert is hopeful that over the next year her presence on the Commission can help inform the Governor of the prevalence, consequences and impact of sexual violence on Louisiana women.

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