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Attorney General Encourages Kentuckians to Remember Most Vulnerable Children This Tax Season

FRANKFORT, KY (February 21, 2007) - Attorney General Greg Stumbo, who serves as the Chair of The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, is encouraging Kentuckians to remember the state's most vulnerable children this tax season by donating to the Child Victims' Trust Fund (CVTF).

"The CVTF funds child sexual abuse prevention programs and helps pay for child sexual abuse medical exams," said Attorney General Stumbo. "We can all assist in protecting children from sexual abuse by simply checking a box at tax time."

In the tax refund check-off section of your Kentucky income tax form, look for the option that offers a contribution to CVTF and check the box corresponding with the amount you would like to donate from your tax refund.

Another option is to go to your local county clerk's office and request an
"I Care About Kids" license plate. Proceeds from the plate go to the CVTF.

You can also make a tax deductible donation by contacting the CVTF Program Administrator, Office of the Attorney General, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 200, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

The Child Victim Trust Fund has provided funding for child sexual abuse
prevention programs since 1985. From June 2005 - July 2006, the CVTF
provided child sexual abuse prevention education to approximately 45,000 children and disseminated educational materials at community meetings and events to countless adults across the state.

In 2003, CVTF also funded a statewide collaborative program called "Promise Not to Tell," which broadcasted a three-part video presentation and provided information binders to teachers on the nature of child sexual abuse, how to identify indicators, how to handle disclosures, legal reporting responsibilities and how an investigation proceeds through the system. These materials continue to be used by teachers and other public school employees through an innovative online interactive training program entitled, "Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Awareness and Intervention."

Finally, in 2006 alone, CVTF provided reimbursements for nearly 1,700 child sexual exams across the state.

For more information on the CVTF call 1-800-372-2551 or visit
http://ag.ky.gov/victims/ for more information.


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