Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Encourages Kentuckians to Support Child Victims' Trust Fund

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 04, 2015  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway reminds Kentuckians filing tax returns to help support child sexual abuse prevention programs across the Commonwealth through the Kentucky Income Tax Refund Check-Off program. Located in the "Fund Contributions" section of the Kentucky income tax form, the tax refund check-off allows Kentuckians to make a tax-deductible donation to the Child Victims' Trust Fund (CVTF), a nonprofit program that provides local communities with funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs.

The CVTF has provided funding to regional and statewide child sexual abuse prevention programs since 1985. These programs provide children with personal safety skills, teach adults how to keep kids safe from sexual abuse and exploitation, and educate the public on how to report suspected child abuse, which Kentucky law requires. The CVTF also helps pay for child sexual abuse medical exams at children's advocacy centers across the state. The fund is administered by the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention (CSAEP) Board, which Attorney General Conway chairs.

"The consequences of abuse on a child are significant and can last a lifetime," Attorney General Conway said. "When you fill out your state income tax inform, I encourage you to join me in designating a portion of your refund to the Child Victims' Trust Fund. With your help, we can better educate Kentuckians about child sexual abuse and continue funding the necessary programs that serve kids across our Commonwealth."

In fiscal year 2014, the CSAEP Board awarded $192,000 to child sexual abuse prevention programs in Kentucky. The board also distributed $87,600 in funding to help cover the costs of child sexual abuse medical exams.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, one in five girls and one in 20 boys are victims of child sexual abuse in the United States. Additionally, children are most vulnerable to child sexual abuse between the ages of seven and 13, and it's estimated that only one in 10 victims of sexual abuse ever discloses the abuse.

Along with the Kentucky Income Tax Refund Check-Off, CVTF prevention activities and child advocacy programs are funded through private donations and proceeds from the "I Care About Kids" license plates. For more information on the CSAEP Board and CVTF, visit http://ICareAboutKids.ky.gov.