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Governor proclaims March Sexual Assault Awareness Month; Innovative programs honored at kick-off event

Press Release Date:  Saturday, March 01, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media contact: Lisa Wallace, (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013  

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed March Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the commonwealth at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda Feb. 28.

“One of every nine adult women in Kentucky has been a victim of forcible rape sometime in her life,” Gov. Beshear said. “That’s more than 175,000 of our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends and neighbors - 175,000 too many.”

During the observance kick-off event, four programs were honored for their role in preventing or reducing the impact of sexual assault in Kentucky. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs jointly sponsored today’s ceremony.

“Sexual assault costs the United States $127 billion every year in medical care, mental health services, lost productivity and related expenses,” said CHFS Secretary Janie Miller. “The programs we honor today are models for ways communities and rape crisis programs can and must work together to educate, inform and end the violence.”

Steve Nunn, CHFS deputy secretary, presented the awards honoring innovative sexual assault programs.

The following programs and their sponsor agencies were honored at the awards presentation:

Laundry of Love
New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services
Green River Region

Nurses Exchanging Training and Services
Center for Women and Families
KIPDA Region

Community/Campus Sexual Assault Task Force
Pathways Rape Victim Services Program
Gateway Region

Big Sandy Coalition on Preventing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Victim Services Program
Big Sandy Region

For more information about these and other sexual assault programs and services and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please visit or


(Editors/producers: For details about these programs, please contact Lisa Wallace at (502) 564-6786, ext. 4013. To download a Sexual Assault Awareness Month audio public service announcement produced by CHFS Division of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services, please go to


Last Updated 3/7/2008