Updates to How KASAP Is Operating:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, a majority of KASAP staff are working from home until guidance from the CDC and Governor Andy Beshear changes. Staff are still working to provide support to our rape crisis centers and are available to answer questions.
General Updates about How Services at Rape Crisis Centers Might Be Different:
The thirteen rape crisis centers that make up KASAP are individual programs creating different response plans based on the needs of their communities and staff. For the most up to date information about changes in service delivery, please contact your local rape crisis center. If you are not sure where your local rape crisis center is, check out this map.
No matter what, you can get in contact with your local rape crisis center for support and information 24/7 by calling 1 (800) 656-4673. Local and hotline numbers are also available via the map link above.
Sexual Assault Forensic Exams are emergency medical care. If you need a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, please seek care. Emergency departments at hospitals may be busier than usual responding to COVID-19, but survivors should not be denied care.
Here are some changes that may take place:
Many programs have limited hours or have closed their office locations, but all are still providing services.
Hospital support, also known as hospital advocacy, includes having access to an advocate who educates a survivor about the forensic exam and provides support. At the request of hospitals and as a safety measure for the communities, programs may be providing this service via telephone. An advocate is available 24/7 via phone for support, to answer questions, and to provide resource information to anyone who seeks medical care due to sexual assault. Hospitals are still required to contact the local rape crisis center when a survivor of sexual assault arrives to the emergency department.
Support to survivors and their friends and family members is available 24/7 at all programs by phone. Most programs are limiting in-person sessions or looking into alternative methods like telehealth.
Many programs will maintain this service during business hours, as scheduled. However, many programs are moving to provide this service using telehealth rather than in-person. Contact your therapist for information about this option.
Court support, also known as legal advocacy, includes when an advocate attends court with survivors who are seeking a protection order or as part of a criminal case. Advocates may also be available to attend survivor interviews with law enforcement. Please contact your local program to find out their modified response plan which may reflect limiting in-person support. The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued an order limiting many court hearings to only “emergency” needs. According to the order, “domestic violence advocates” may attend court hearings but each court still retains discretion to limit further if deemed necessary.