Survivor Resources

Regional Rape Crisis Centers

 

There are 13 rape crisis centers that serve all 120 counties in Kentucky. Services are available to ALL survivors, regardless of where the assault occurred.

Was My Kit Tested?

Your kit is more than just evidence collection—it also represents the trauma and pain that you endured.

To find out whether your kit was submitted for testing and/or to learn where your kit is in the testing process, please call 502-696-5312 and ask to speak to a member of the KySAKI Cold Case Unit.

 
 

 

 

To best serve you, both community- and law enforcement-based agencies are involved in this process:

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP)

KASAP is the coalition of sexual assault crisis centers (commonly referred to as “rape crisis centers”) in Kentucky. The mission of KASAP is to speak with a unified voice against sexual victimization.

Sexual assault crisis centers staff victim advocates who specialize in working with survivors of sexual assault. Advocates serve as an initial contact person for you during this process.

Sexual assault crisis centers provide a variety of support services including accompaniment to court and other legal meetings, counseling, and more.


Law Enforcement and Local Police

As results from your kit come back, those results may further their investigative efforts.

The law enforcement investigator assigned to your case will directly contact you regarding the status of your kit and progress of their investigation.

Local law enforcement investigators assigned to your case serve as an initial contact person for you during this process.

Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office provides assistance and support to law enforcement, victim advocates and survivors during this process.

Prosecutors (Commonwealth's Attorneys) 

When investigation leads to a criminal charge against a suspect, the case moves forward to be prosecuted. Commonwealth's Attorneys in your jurisdiction prosecute the crime, seeking a conviction. Most prosecutors’ offices staff victim advocates to help victims throughout the criminal justice process.

​​Children’s Advocacy Centers

​Cases involving a minor may be handled through a children’s advocacy center.

Children’s advocacy centers are staffed with specially trained professionals for working with children who are victims of sexual assault. They work in collaboration with other professionals listed above and would serve as a contact to you.

Your Team

 

Understanding the Legal Process

The Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney has developed a helpful guidebook for victims to help them understand their rights and the legal process in Kentucky. It also includes a glossary of legal terms.

Additional Resources

You are not alone. Regardless of how long ago your kit was collected, there are many programs and services available to you. The following list is meant to be a starting point. We encourage you to reach out to one of the following agencies or your local rape crisis center for recommendations and advice that are more catered to your individual needs.


Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (KySAKI) Cold Case Unit, Office of the Attorney General – The SAKI Cold Case Unit is solely dedicated to the previously unsubmitted sexual assault evidence kit cases. The Unit can help you connect to victim services, determine where your kit is in the testing process, and may assist if your case moves forward to prosecution. To ask for assistance, please call 502-696-5300 and request to speak to a member of the KySAKI Cold Case Unit.


Office of Victims Advocacy (OVA), Office of the Attorney General – OVA can provide information on crime victim’s rights as well as programs and resources available to victims throughout the state. For more information, visit the website or call 502-696-5312.

Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) – KASAP is the statewide network of rape crisis centers in Kentucky. You may have already been connected with a rape crisis center advocate in your area. If you have not already been contacted, we urge you to reach out to your local center for support. Services are free and confidential. For more information, visit the website or call 502-226-2704. Need immediate support? Call the 24-hour hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).

 

Children's Advocacy Centers of Kentucky (CAC Kentucky) – CAC Kentucky is the organization that oversees all child advocacy centers in Kentucky and can direct you to your local program for support. For more information, visit the website or call 859-699-1191.
 

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) — Information regarding offender incarceration status can be found on VINE’s website. You may register to receive email or telephone notifications regarding a change in the offender’s status. To register, visit the website or call 877-597-2331.


Sex Offender Registry — Register for information regarding sex offenders online or at 866-564-5652.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Information and coordinator contact information (if survivor is incarcerated).

 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-AK-BX-0009 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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