Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces 'Voice of Hope' Competition

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy today announced a joint public service endeavor with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) to help with the prevention of sexual assaults on college campuses across the Commonwealth.  The Office of the Attorney General and KASAP are sponsoring a college campus video competition to promote awareness of the rape crisis hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE.  The program is possible because of a grant KASAP received from the National Football League (NFL).

“According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in five women and one in sixteen men are sexually assaulted while in college and more than 90% of victims never report the assault,” Attorney General Conway said.  “With this funding and cooperative effort, we can continue to give victims a voice and work to ensure every student is safe on campus.”

The competition, entitled “#VoiceofHope” kicks off this fall semester, from September 1- December 1, 2015.  College students are encouraged to submit a 30, 60 or 120 second video promoting the Rape Crisis Hotline and sharing their views on the prevention of on-campus sexual assaults.  Radio promotional ads announcing the contest will be aired across Kentucky starting today.  You may listen to the ads by visiting http://goo.gl/P8lV4L.  Prizes include $1000 for first place, $750 for second and $500 for third.

“For more than 25 years, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has funded the statewide network of rape crisis centers so that no matter where or when sexual assault happens, help is available,” Attorney General Conway said. “This contest helps raise awareness about the hotline and lets victims know that help is there when they need it.”

The winners will be announced at a Red Carpet Event in 2016 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort..  

For more information on the competition, please see www.kasap.org/voiceofhope.html
 
General Conway’s Office of Victim’s Advocacy

Attorney General Conway’s Office of Victims Advocacy provided resource referrals to more than 7,900 victims, victim advocates, and victim service providers in 2014.  The Office also trained more than 700 victim advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement through various initiatives; including the annual Victims Assistance Conference.  The Office of Victims Advocacy continues to administer and monitor the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which funds child sexual abuse prevention programs and oversees the tax check-off and license plate projects for the Child Victims’ Trust Fund.

For more information about services offered by the Office of Victim’s Advocacy, visit www.ag.ky.gov.