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Amye Bensenhaver: In UK vs. Kernel, just ask: Whose privacy is being protected?

“Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief and reporter William Wright appeals the University of Kentucky’s denial of his request ‘to obtain copies of all records detailing the investigation by the University of Kentucky or the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity of a tenured professor and any allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or any other misconduct by [the professor].’ “The...

University of the Cumberlands listed as safest college campus in Kentucky for second straight year

University of the Cumberlands was listed as the safest college campus in Kentucky in a recent 2020 ranking by YourLocalSecurity.com. Cumberlands was lucky number 13 countrywide. This is the second consecutive year the Cumberlands has ranked first in the state for campus safety. “We do all we can to make sure our students are safe on campus,” said Emily Coleman, provost of the university. “At...

AG’s initiative testing backlog of rape kits results in ninth indictment in cold cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A ninth indictment was returned Friday on rape charges stemming from the testing of all rape kits that had been part of a backlog, according to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. 
The case was investigated by the AG’s Sexual Assault Kit initiative cold case unit. DNA from the case’s rape kit matched that from one of the 5,000 of backlogged kits, leading to...

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...

CDC offers tips to college students for staying healthy and being safe; resources to help

Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It is a time for gaining new knowledge and experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers for college students on staying safe and healthy. Eat healthy and engage in regular physical activity. Click for the Brochure • Choose your plate. Follow an eating plan with a variety of nutritious foods. Avoid foods...

Justice Secretary John Tilley announces $1.9 million available to fight violence against women

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced this week that $1.9 million in funding is available through the STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Program. The application period officially opens Aug. 14. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley VAWA funds may be used to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, judicial strategies and victim services in cases throughout Kentucky...

Provocative play exploring real stories of Winchester features accompaniment by cellist Ben Sollee

It’s no small feat: playwright Margo Buchanan and the Leeds Center for the Arts Youth Advisory Board has written a play to show realities and hardships of life in Winchester. With the help of a What’s Your Ambition?! grant from The Greater Clark Foundation, they’ve worked with Buchanan and special guest musician Ben Sollee to draft “Outside Our Doors.” The documentary-style play invites...

Beshear joins AGs to ask U.S. education officials to work with them on campus sex assault protections

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is among a group of state attorney’s general asking federal education officials to work with them before rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. According to a July 19 letter from the 20 AGs, the U.S. Department of Education’s current guidance reaffirms the obligation of colleges and universities to protect survivors...

Kentucky State Police employee receives recognition for helping reduce backlog of untested rape kits

A Kentucky State Police employee has been recognized by two advocacy groups for her work on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault victims throughout the state. Laura Sudkamp, director of the Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory System, received a Champion for Justice Award from the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs Inc. (KASAP) and the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic...

Judge’s order in Doe vs. NKU: Court tells university to turn over all documents about sexual assaults

Judge William Bertlesman, who has already sanctioned NKU’s legal counsel, has now ordered the university to turn over all documents and education records relating to “any allegations of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, rape, and/or unwanted advances” that occurred “on campus and in offsite living quarters in the last seven years.” This latest ruling in the Jane Doe vs....

UK officials release second CATS Safety Survey; many remain reluctant to report sexual assaults

By Jenny Wells Special to KyForward As part of its commitment to transparency and continuous improvement in campus safety, University of Kentucky officials have released an executive summary of the 2016 Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) survey. This summary provides results from the second year of a five year commitment by UK President Eli Capilouto and the endowed faculty of the UK Center for...