February Media Update

Local News

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Deputies arrest a man in Centerville, LA suspected of raping 12-year-old girl.

Girl from New Orleans testifies in sex abuse trial.

Baton Rouge Police Department investigates home invasions. Judge appoints public defender for home invasion suspect.

Two Baton Rouge women arrested for human trafficking of a juvenile.

Court officials in Livingston said a man accused of rape and scheduled to go on trial Monday changed his plea and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

After two hours of deliberation on Thursday, a St. Charles Parish Jury returned a guilty verdict against a man for aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

Baton Rouge police arrested a 17-year-old boy accused of raping a teenage girl Wednesday inside a laundry room at an apartment complex.

The New Orleans Police Department has released its report on sexual assault allegations against former Saints player Darren Sharper that were filed in September.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a 31-year-old man accused of raping a 22-year-old woman in Zachary about a week ago.

Police arrested a Thibodaux man they believe raped and impregnated an 11-year-old girl.

Woman accuses Sorrento police chief of sexual assault.

 

National and International News

Obama launches task force to combat sexual assault

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President Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses.

Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum, creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault.

The White House is also inviting students and survivors to participate in online public listening sessions in which they’ll allow participants to make comments and ask questions. Register here now!

Increase in attacks on LGBTQ+ community in Russia

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Russia passed a bill banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” and imposing fines for offenders.

This bill effectively prohibit all open expression of gay identity, from parades and rainbow flags to same-sex couples holding hands in public. Attacks on the gay community in Russia have become the norm.

Force calls in the movement to more thoughtfully participate in One Billion Rising

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“Rape thrives on inequity. Rape does not live in a vacuum where gender is the sole system of oppression. An intersectional approach is necessary to not only end violence against marginalized people; it is necessary to end violence against everybody and every body.”

“Our assumptions of who experiences sexual violence come directly from the rigid gender norms that create rape in the first place. “

“We cannot solve one system of oppression–sexual violence–with another system of oppression–prisons.”

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