June Media Update

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Louisiana’s full House approved “Erin’s Law”, requiring schools to teach kids what constitutes sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Louisiana lawmakers have given police and prosecutors a deadline to promptly test DNA evidence collected following a sexual assault and to report their progress.

The inspector general audit found that the New Orleans Police Department misclassified many rape cases. It was found that 46% of forcible rapes were misclassifed as a lesser crime of sexual battery, misclassifed as a miscellaneous offence, and/or improperly ruled as unfounded.

A 54 year old man was held on a $50,000 bond for raping a woman at a Baton Rouge nursing home.

A 60-year-old Baton Rouge man was charged with aggravated rape and sexual battery of a mentally handicapped man.

Baton Rouge police arrested a 34 year old man for raping a 6-year-old girl.

Baton Rouge police arrested a 28-year-old man for raping a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl in his apartment.

Baker Police arrested an 18-year-old man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl.

A special education teacher and junior high school basketball coach in Bogalusa, LA faces charges of child pornography and aggravated incest.

A convicted rapist from Chalmette who repeatedly used a stun gun and handcuffs to subdue college students in Baton Rouge and Mississippi was sentenced 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in her Nicholson Drive apartment.

A 30-year-old man from Lake Providence was arrested for impregnating a 12-year-old girl more than two years ago.

Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 45 year old man accused of molesting a 3-year-old girl.

 

National News

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Former Saints player Darren Sharper

Prosecutors in Miami have decided not to charge former Saints player Darren Sharper in a sexual assault case. Sharper remains in custody in Los Angeles where he faces charges of drugging and raping two women. He is also under investigation in similar cases in Las Vegas, Tempe, Arizona and New Orleans.

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The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (DEO) reported that 55  U.S. colleges are under investigation for mishandling sexual assaults and harassment reports.

The DEO also released guidelines to schools receiving federal aid that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act will now also prohibit gender identity discrimination. This gives greater protections to LGBTQ+ students. One study found that slightly more than 50% of those who identify as LGBTQ experience some form of sexual violence in their lives.

 

Educational

Communication: What’s Your Style? was written and performed by members of STAR’s 3-D Peer Educators and shows scenarios of passive, aggressive, and assertive communication to foster healthy communication skills among youth in dating relationships.

We are looking for approximately ten young men and women ages 14-17. Members may earn a stipend of up to $500 for their involvement! Our 3-D application deadline has been extended until Monday, May 16 at 5:00pm. Apply now!

Please contact prevention@brstar.org or call (225) 615-7093 for information about scheduling a presentation with our 3-D Peer Educators, who present on topics such as reducing relationship violence and promoting healthy relationships among youth in Baton Rouge.

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