Weekly Media Update

Local News

October 8, 2013

Man uses cell phone to record video under woman’s dress at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter on College Drive.  Read more here.

Reported rapes increased by 20 percent… Racheal Hebert, executive director of STAR, said she believes the increase in rapes is due to more people reporting, not necessarily an increase in rapes.  Click here for more.

October 14, 2013

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man accused of choking a woman until she passed out and then raping her in mid-September.  Read more here.

Take Back the Night raises awareness about sexual violence and abuse in Baton Rouge.  See more here.

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National News

October 7, 2013

Study conducted by the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, CA says sexual assault isn’t rare among teenagers.  Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once. See here.

Education

Sexual Communication: Getting Consent

Have you ever wondered how you can ask for consent?  Here’s one way how.

A Personal Experience of Harassment*

One woman’s experience with harassment. *Disclaimer: use of profanity

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About Catherine Thurmond

I am a Master of Liberal Arts student minoring in Women's and Gender Studies at LSU. During the Fall 2014 semester, I will begin to write her thesis on queer oppression through a philosophical Marxist feminist lens. My academic interests include second wave feminism, queer theory, queer Marxist feminism, feminist philosophy, Simone de Beauvoir, and Monique Wittig. I have been politically active since 2010, fighting for an end to oppression under capitalism. I was involved in Occupy NOLA, bringing in members of The Kasama Project, a national communist project in the United States. I was also active in student organizations at Southeastern Louisiana University where I organized many speaker events for activists such as Jordan Flaherty, Richard Becker, The Beehive Design Collective, Jed Brandt and Eric Ribellarsi, and Malik Rahim. More recently, I began volunteering for STAR, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response, in 2013 as a hospital advocate where I supported sexual assault survivors. I later joined the Louisiana Delta Service Corps, often described as the Domestic Peace Corps, where I interviewed to be placed at STAR as their Outreach Coordinator. I am also the founder of a Feminist Consciousness Raising Group in Baton Rouge which uses feminist theory to discuss personal experiences under patriarchal oppression. Check it out here for more info about the group: http://brfeminist.wix.com/consciousnessraising

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