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Office of the Attorney General, advocates launch training effort to support victims of sexual assault

A new training effort aimed at helping hospital employees provide victim-centered care to survivors of sexual assault was launched last week by Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) and the Kentucky Hospital Association. Andy Beshear The new one-hour training video is for emergency room staff and hospital employees who respond to victims of sexual...

Kentucky Senators Adams, McGarvey recognized for efforts supporting victims of domestic violence

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky advocates for sexual and domestic assault survivors are gathering in Lexington to reflect on their successes of the year, and examine what’s needed in the future. The three-day Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference wraps up today with special awards for people who have gone above and beyond to help victims. Executive Director of the...

Study of state’s backlogged rape kits finds cost of crimes to victims, taxpayers exceeds $4.2 million

The statewide Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Committee (SART-AC) has released a report that found the tangible cost to victims and taxpayers of crimes committed by offenders after sexual assault kits weren’t tested is more than $4.2 million. Senate Bill 63 of 2016, known as the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Act, requires the SART-AC to report on the economic costs of the crimes committed...

Ky Nonprofit Network honors member organizations, legislators and officials with advocacy awards

Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the state association of nonprofit organizations, presented three member organizations, five legislators and eight officials with awards as part of its 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Day at the Capitol in Frankfort on February 1. The annual event provides nonprofit organizations statewide with the opportunity to meet legislators and support Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s...

Commentary: Crime victims must have Marsy’s Law to correct imbalance in justice system

By Caroline Ruschell, Marcia Roth and Eileen Recktenwald Special to KyForward If you’ve ever watched a crime show on TV or witnessed an arrest up close, you know what happens. The accused is usually handcuffed, read their constitutionally-guaranteed Miranda rights, and put in the back of a police car to be taken to jail to face the charges against them. But what becomes of victims – those left...

Beshear, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault announce winners of #VoiceofJustice contest

Attorney General Andy Beshear joined Eileen Recktenwald, director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP), to announce the winners of the #VoiceofJustice video contest via Facebook Live. A panel of survivors and victim advocates selected the video “Stand with us” as the overall $500 video prizewinner. Students enrolled in Dr. Emily Bonistall Postel’s 400-level sociology...

April declared Sexual Assault Awareness Month; need for intervention and prevention stressed

The prevention and advocacy efforts of several individuals were highlighted Friday as part of the kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Capitol Rotunda event was cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP). At the ceremony, Governor Matt Bevin signed a proclamation declaring April as Sexual Assault...

‘Green Dot’ proven effective in reducing sexual violence in Kentucky high schools

By Keith Hautala Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky’s “Green Dot” violence prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.   The study, led by Ann Coker at UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, found a greater than 50 percent reduction...

'Green Dot' proven effective in reducing sexual violence in Kentucky high schools

By Keith Hautala Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky’s “Green Dot” violence prevention program is effective in reducing sexual violence, according to preliminary findings from a five-year study evaluating the program in Kentucky high schools.   The study, led by Ann Coker at UK’s Center for Research on Violence Against Women, found a greater than 50 percent reduction...