POSTED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 2:53pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center) will be hosting two therapy and support groups geared towards survivors of sexual trauma later this month.
According to Executive Director Racheal Hebert, “Survivors of sexual trauma often suffer numerous mental health concerns that keep them from normal functioning in their daily lives. Sexual trauma survivors, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape survivors, are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and suicidal ideation, just to name a few.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 20 percent of females in the US have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. In Baton Rouge, this number is estimated at 24,000 female survivors in our community.
The purpose of these groups is to promote emotional stability and provide emotional support to survivors of sexual trauma.
“By providing a supportive community of caring individuals, STAR hopes to motivate other survivors to come forward and seek help,” says Executive Director Racheal Hebert.
STAR will host the following groups beginning in October to help meet the needs of survivors in our community:
• An adult survivors of rape therapy group will begin on October 23rd. The group is offered to a maximum of 10 individuals. Membership in the group is available for adult women age 18 and older, who survived sexual trauma and want support from others who have experienced similar traumas.
• A childhood sexual abuse survivors support group will begin on October 28th. The group is open-ended, continuous and offered to a maximum of 10 participants. Membership in the group is available for women age 18 and older, who survived sexual abuse as a child and want support from others who have experienced similar trauma.
Individuals interested in attending one of these groups should contact STAR at (225) 615-7093 to reserve their spot in the group.