Lexington, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) – Senator Denise Harper Angel received the “Champions for Justice” Award at the Ending Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Conference in Lexington today.
Harper Angel is being honored for bringing attention to the backlog of rape kits at Kentucky’s crime lab. Harper-Angel sponsored a resolution passed by the General Assembly that called for an audit of the untested rape kits. Auditor Adam Edelen’s office surveyed more than 400 law enforcement agencies and uncovered 3,090 untested rape kits.
“Sen. Harper Angel attended stakeholder meetings and met with victims for almost an entire year. She has begun the process of systems change in Kentucky that will improve how justice happens for victims of sexual assault,” said Eileen Recktenwald, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP).
The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. (KASAP) is the statewide coalition of the 13 rape crisis centers in the Commonwealth. The mission of KASAP is to speak with a unified voice against sexual victimization.
The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the coalition of the 15 domestic violence programs in the state. KCADV’s mission is to mobilize and support member programs and allies to end intimate partner violence.