A Sanctuary, Inc. victim advocate will speak on a panel in conjunction with Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
At 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Lipstick After Dark girls mentoring program will host a screening of the documentary “Shattered Dreams: Sex Trafficking in America” at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library.
Following the film, Sanctuary victim advocate Kenyata Simmons will participate on the Girls Talk panel alongside LAD founder Tangela Babb and other local women.
Lipstick After Dark was founded in 2019 to empower girls and young women with the confidence to understand self-worth while dealing with the thoughts, feelings and emotions that tend to arise when there is a lack of supervision.
Sanctuary, Inc. is a nonprofit agency providing preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Sanctuary delivers caring, comprehensive support to victims of personal violence in the nine-county area of the Pennyrile Area Development District including: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg. Sanctuary seeks to empower through crisis intervention, peer support, victim advocacy, counseling, and community education.
Simmons is the victim advocate for Christian County. Victims advocates provide legal and medical advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Advocates also provide individual and group education on domestic violence and sexual assault.
Additionally, Sanctuary will partner with Lipstick After Dark to teach students how to identify abuse and how to be an active and positive bystander. In February, Simmons will facilitate a series of Green Dot sessions for the 27 teen girls who are mentees in L.A.D.
Through bystander intervention training, the Green Dot program engages witnesses to interrupt situations that are imminently or potentially high-risk for violence, increases self-efficacy and provides skill building and specific strategies to increase the likelihood that trained individuals will actually intervene. By expanding the role of bystanders beyond reactive, the Green Dot program trains participants to engage in proactive behaviors that model and endorse norms that are incompatible with violence.
To register for the film screening and panel, visit Eventbrite. A donation of your choice is required for registration. Lunch will be provided.
To learn more about Sanctuary, Inc. or to schedule a Green Dot training for your organization, call 270-885-4572.
To reach our 24-hour crisis line, call 1-800-766-0000.