Office of Attorney General, KASAP team up to target sexual assault on college campuses

02/28/2017 01:02 PM

A joint collaboration between the Office of the Attorney General and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) is seeking to raise awareness and target sexual assault on college campuses.

The Office of the Attorney General and KASAP are trying to reach students directly with a video contest aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault on campus, promoting active bystanding to prevent assaults and reporting and prosecuting attacks with a video contest.

“It’s very important, as General Beshear said, because, it’s — in our minds — a crisis,” KASAP executive director Eileen Recktenwald said.

Gretchen Hunt, who heads the Office of Victims Advocacy within the Office of the Attorney General, explained students can win one of two prizes, one judged by a committee and another for the most video clicks online.

“This is really about involving people. A lot of people feel powerless against violence and this is a way they can take action,” Hunt said.

One in five women will fall victim to sexual assault during their college years in the commonwealth, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear. Only 10 percent of sexual assaults were reported to police and other law enforcement, Beshear said.

Watch the full interview for a discussion on the problems on campus, which include reporting, and what the next steps are at attacking rape culture on campus.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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