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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Rape is considered one of the most violent and violating
crimes, and police investigate dozens of cases every year, but it's the
hundreds of cases that go unreported.
It's why a new
rape crisis center, the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) is
hoping to change that trend one person at a time.
"It was a day that my life changed forever," said Jennie Waldrop.
In the wee hours of Nov. 21, 2005, Waldrop fell asleep on her couch and woke up to a noise near her window.
opened up the door, and I saw him coming through the window," said
Waldrop. "I immediately felt like prey. That's the best way to describe
Waldrop said her neighbor at an apartment complex
broke in wanting only one thing - her. The now 36-year-old said she
repeatedly screamed the words "Help" and "Rape," all while trying to
fight off the rapist.
"He pulled out a knife and
that's when I knew I had to make a decision at the moment. Do I continue
to fight and risk dying or do I survive? I chose to survive," said
Even with a knife to her throat for the
hour-long duration, Waldrop kept a vigilant eye on her attacker. When it
came time to describing the man to police, she gave them a very
thorough description. More than that though, she preserved all the
"I knew not to change my clothes, not to
shower," said Waldrop. "You want to give them as much evidence as
possible. It makes it really hard for them if they don't have too much
to work off."
Waldrop is just one the reported cases. Dozens of rapes are reported to the Baton Rouge Police Department every year:
2012 - 38 (Jan-June)
2011 - 58
2010 - 58
2009 - 57
2008 - 66
2007 - 81
2006 - 101
2005 - 83
2004 - 83
2003 - 114
2002 - 137
2001 - 61
But hundreds of victims go silent, which is where the STAR center comes in.
know nationally that one in five women and one in 71 men are sexually
assaulted, and upwards of 90 percent of those cases are not even
reported to police," said STAR's executive director Racheal Hebert.
rape crisis center provides around the clock outreach and counseling to
men and women at no cost. It's been in existence since 1975 but worked
with the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office. Now, it's branched
out on it's own opening a new 4,500 sq. ft. facility on Goodwood on
Tuesday. It's one reason Waldrop said she's healing. Her four-legged
best friend Roman, is the other.
"If it wasn't for him and the rape crisis center, I would have not been able to get back to my life," said Waldrop.
A life where Waldrop went from being a victim to a survivor with hopes of others getting others to do the same.
Waldrop's accused rapist is now serving a life sentence at Angola.
Anyone in need of the STAR center can call the 24-hour hotline at 225-383-7273.
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