Organization shines light on Louisiana’s sexual assault “crisis” with dinner series

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana ranks among the 20 worst states for sexual assaults.

There are 46 rapes per 100,000 people in the state, according to FBI crime statistics, putting Louisiana above the national average and ranking us 15th in the U.S. for the number of reported sexual assaults.

STAR, Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, calls it a public health crisis and is aiming to raise awareness about sexual violence in Louisiana with a series of dinners throughout the month of April.


The dinner series will spotlight the impacts of sexual violence in southeast Louisiana and the need to provide more support and protection. April is sexual assault awareness month.

“The event is hosted during sexual assault awareness month to bring awareness to this important issue, help break down the stigma surrounding sexual violence and encourage those in need to seek help,” stated STAR President and CEO Morgan Lamandre. “The dinner series will be a fun opportunity for those in our community to come out and show their support for survivors of sexual
trauma and for working together as a community to do a better job of preventing sexual violence.”

The dinner series will be held on each Monday in April at restaurants around Baton Rouge. Guests are encouraged to dress according to each week’s theme. Prizes will be given for best dressed. There will also be prizes given out that include LSU baseball tickets, family movie night package and tickets to Jazz Fest.

80’s Night Cocktails & Sushi
Monday, April 3, 2023, @ 6 pm
Beausoleil, 7731 Jefferson Hwy.

Gatsby Soiree
Monday, April 10, 2023, @ 6 pm
Proverbial Wine, 9659 Antioch Rd.

Hollywood Icons
Monday, April 17, 2023, @ 6 pm
Rouj Creole, 7601 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Denim & Diamonds
Monday, April 24, 2023, @ 6 pm
City Pork, 18143 Perkins Rd.

You can purchase tickets through STAR’s website.

If you have questions about sexual violence, you can contact STAR’s 24/7 hotline at  (855) 435-STAR.

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