Access Healing Project
We are KASAP, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs. We’re the statewide coalition for Kentucky’s 13 regional rape crisis centers (RCCs), and we’re committed to serving all survivors and working toward the prevention of sexual violence.
Sexual violence takes many forms. It can include sexual harassment, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or any sexual contact where one person does not or is unable to consent due to factors such as force, coercion, or intoxication.
We know that sexual violence impacts different groups in different ways. We also recognize that survivors come to our programs with diverse backgrounds and multi-layered identities that affect their access to medical and sexual assault services, experience with the justice system, needs, and feelings of safety. As service providers, we are committed to meeting people where they are and working to ensure that our services are inclusive and responsive to the real needs of survivors.
Our data shows that we are failing to reach all survivors equally, especially those in the LGBTQIA and BIPOC communities, as well as Kentuckians using substances.
With new grant funding, we have formed Advisory Council made up of ~35 Kentuckians in those communities who have been affected by sexual violence. Members of the project that we’re calling the Access Healing Project share their ideas and experiences to guide KASAP, its Board of Directors, and member centers to become more welcoming to and representative of all people in Kentucky.
Members of the Access Healing Project Advisory Council:
- Are part of the LGBTQIA, BIPOC, and/or Substance Use communities (regardless of sobriety status) and are interested in helping us further our reach in those communities
- Have been affected by sexual violence, either themselves or as a family member or friend close to a survivor
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Will serve for a two-year period starting July 2022
Council responsibilities include:
- An average of 4-8 working hours per month including:
- Attending monthly Council meetings on Zoom
- Preparing to discuss ideas and provide feedback
- Attending Rape Crisis Center (RCC) events in their local area
- Occasionally attending quarterly KASAP board meetings
- Supporingt RCCs in their mission by providing constructive feedback, building connections with community members, fostering partnerships with local organizations, etc.
- Staying informed about issues related to sexual violence