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Gov. Beshear names March "Sexual Assault Awareness Month"

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - Governor Beshear wants to use the month of March to highlight the problem of sexual assault in Kentucky. So what can you do if you or someone you know is the victim of abuse?

If you live in Hazard, the LKLP Safe House can help. However, Director Judy Ison said many in town do not know the exact location.

"You would think everybody knows that there is a shelter, but they do not," said Ison.

Ison said that is good when it comes to safety but bad if someone needs help.

"It is a big issue in every area," said Ison.

She adds that the facility is there whenever someone, man or woman, adult or child, needs it.

"There is not a time limit on us. You cannot just come one time and that is it. You can come back to us anytime," said Ison.

In eastern Kentucky, there are other ways for folks to get help besides just safe houses. Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Sims said if you need them, they are only a phone call away.

"Once you are a victim, there is a good chance that it is not going to be a last time. So just we urge victims to think about themselves and if they are parents, their children as well, and seek help and assistance because you do not have to be a victim," said Sims.

Still, law enforcement know that is not always possible.

"Those things are easier said than done," said Sims.

But Ison said the alternative is much worse and it breaks her heart to know not everyone gets out alive, like a woman who lived just down the road.

"Finding that out that she died and we never had her here, you know, that close, not even a mile away. That is sad," said Ison.

Kentucky State Police tell WYMT when they respond to a domestic violence report, they offer to take the victim to a shelter like the one in Hazard.


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