April: Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

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The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and for something all too common, Sexual Harassment.

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It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.

Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.

Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.

Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).

The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.



April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The purpose of SAAM is to bring awareness to the prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. STAR is partnering with several organizations in the community to host a month full of events and activities to help spread awareness, connect those in our community who have survived rape and abuse, and help end sexual violence in our community. Join us for these exciting and empowering events.

Start By Believing Day
April 4 – All Day
Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities to unify with a single voice for survivors of sexual violence: We hear you, and we are here to help. Add your voice to  he #StartByBelieving campaign by posting a statement of support for survivors via a post of video on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and tag STAR @staradvocates.

Survivor Day of Healing
April 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
123 N. Genois Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
We welcome survivors of sexual trauma to join us for a day of connection as we offer self-care through yoga, labyrinth walking and painting. Lunch is provided to those who pre-register by contacting (504) 407-0711.

April 14 @ 2:00 pm—5:00 pm
French Quarter
Show your support for sexual assault survivors with this French Quarter Bar Crawl! A $10 entry fee gets you a raffle card and a special edition STAR coozie. Each participating bar you patron earns you a raffle entry to win prizes donated by local NOLA businesses! Participating bars include: The Alibi, Bar Tonique, Black Penny, Cane and Table, Cosimo's and Sylvain.

Blaze Pizza Give Back Night
April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
611 O’Keefe
New Orleans, LA 70113
Join STAR on Tuesday, April 17th, 5-10pm, for special STAR give back night in honor of SAAM. Dine in or take out and tell your server you are dining for STAR and we will receive a portion of your ticket sale as a donation.

Denim Day
April 25 – All Day
Join STAR in wearing jeans for a cause! For a suggested donation of $5, wear jeans to work and take a stand against sexual violence and demonstrate that there is no justification when it comes to rape. Register your business or organization at www.star.ngo.

Open House
April 25th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
123 N. Genois Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
Stop by our office to learn more about what we do for the Greater New Orleans community. Refreshments will be served.

We know that one month isn’t enough to solve the serious and widespread issue of sexual violence. However, the attention April generates is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.  More at www.star.ngo