LSU Women’s Center to Co-Host Event Supporting Survivors of Rape and Abuse

08/05/2014 12:59 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Women’s Center and Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response, or STAR, are broaching the subjects of rape and abuse in a manner that promotes healing among its survivors.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, the Monument Quilt – a crowd-sourced collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse – will be displayed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at North Boulevard Town Square. The event, created by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, aims to create a safe and public space for survivors to heal.

“The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but to work together to forever change how people in the U.S. respond to rape. We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed,” said Hannah Brancato, FORCE co-director.

This will be the first year that FORCE brings the Monument Quilt to other cities, with Baton Rouge being the second destination on the 12-city tour.

“The Monument Quilt is a great opportunity for citizens of Baton Rouge to learn more about the scope and impact of assault and abuse through physically interacting with actual stories shared by survivors,” said LSU Women’s Center Director Summer Steib. “One of our goals is to encourage community members participating in the Monument Quilt display to make personal commitments to creating a safer community and ensuring survivors have the resources they need to heal.”

The LSU Women’s Center promotes the advancement of women’s issues and gender equity through its services, advocacy efforts and educational programs. The center also provides support, referral and information to students, faculty and staff on issues and concerns related to women. For more information, visit

STAR, formerly the Rape Crisis Center, was established in 1975 to serve sexual assault survivors and their loved ones in the Greater Baton Rouge community. For 36 years, STAR operated as a division of the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office. In 2011, STAR incorporated into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Internal Revenue Service in order to expand services to surrounding parishes, increase education and outreach efforts and ensure confidentiality with its clients as a separate non-governmental entity. For more information, visit

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent. For more information, visit



Tara  Kistler 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014