By WBKO TV Staff
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WBKO)-- Students from Bellarmine University have won a video contest that draws attention to a network of rape crisis centers in Kentucky. Students at South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College placed 2nd with their video "You Are Not Alone".
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs announced the winners Sunday of this year's #VoiceofHope competition.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college and more than 90 percent of victims do not report the assault, General Beshear said. The prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses is unacceptable. We have to do better. That is why I have made pursuing justice for victims of rape one of my office s top priorities.
For more than 30 years, the Commonwealth has funded the statewide network of rape crisis centers so that no matter where or when sexual assault happens, help is available, Eileen Recktenwald, director of KASAP. This contest helps raise awareness about the hotline and lets victims know that help is there when they need it.
The contest invited college students to submit a video that can be used on campuses to promote the rape crisis hotline, 800-656-HOPE.
Berea College finished third.
The contest awarded $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place.
The contest is made possible from a grant KASAP received from the National Football League (NFL).
We are grateful for the partnership of KASAP and the funding from NFL, said Beshear. I applaud the creative work and involvement of these students. These videos have the power to help more college students speak up and report sexual assault.
View SKYCTC Video "You Are Not Alone"