March Media Update

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Darren Sharper, right, with attorney Blair Berk in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Local News

Former Saints player, Darren Sharper, is accused of raping two women in New OrleansSharper turned himself in to Louisiana authorities on Friday, February 28th.

Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. plead guilty to “inappropriate sexual contact” and lying to the FBI about the incident.

A girl from Baton Rouge disclosed to a school administrator that her father was raping her. He was arrested and charged with aggravated incest and aggravated rape.

Two Baton Rouge teens were arrested for armed robbery, attempted aggravated rape and second degree kidnapping.

A veteran New Orleans police officer was charged with aggravated rape after a young girl disclosed he was sexually assaulting her.

A man from Baton Rouge charged with raping two underage girls.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark lobbied the Baton Rouge Metro Council for money to fund the development of a sexual assault program that would simplify how sexual assault cases are handled. Clark outlined his intention to pursue this program in his annual report issued February 18th.

International News

Slutwalker activist in London demonstrating
against victim-blaming in rape cases.

Here at STAR, we often say that consent is the presence of a yes, not the absence of a no.

Check out this article that talks about affirmative consent and how it benefits everyone.

“What if we radically changed the way we defined consent, and the securing of it? What if instead of fixating on whether or not a woman is clearly saying ‘no’, we prioritised instead the message that she is definitely saying ‘yes’? It’s called affirmative consent.”

Education

Laura Bates talks about her project, EverydaySexismProject, an online collection of women’s experiences, ranging from sexual harassment to sexual assault to feelings of guilt and shame. She argues how this sexual violence is normalized in our lives and what we can do to prevent it.

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