Weekly Media Update

Local News

Baton Rouge

A man and his grandfather who live together raped an 11 year old and 16 year old girl.  See more here.

A 22 year old man raped a woman early Sunday morning on November 10th.  Click here for more.

A 45 year old convicted sex offender raped a 8 year old numerous times along with the victim’s 7 year old sibling.  Find out more here.

 

International News

Kenya

A wave of outrage has grown in Kenya since word has spread that a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and thrown into a pit latrine in this western Kenyan town, with the alleged attackers told to cut grass at a police post, and then let go.  Click here.

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Educational

Imagine A World Where Being “Gay” The Norm & Being “Straight” Would be the Minority

In the following short film, a girl identifies as straight living in a heterophobic world where she is harassed by her community.  LGBTQI+ individuals often face harassment and bullying for their sexual identity.

At STAR, we see much the same thing occurring for survivors of rape and sexual harassment.  We offer free community education sessions for the prevention of bullying, harassment, and sexual trauma. Click here.

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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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