Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 8, 2014

Promoting sexual assault awareness

FIVCO Family Fun Festival helps raise awareness in community

ASHLAND — Local American Idol contestant Jesse Cline sang at a festival promoting sexual assault awareness at the Historic Transportation Center on Saturday.

His cousin, Brandi Bayes, encouraged Cline to come out to help spread the word about sexual assault to the community.

“He believes in what we’re doing and understands the serious reality of sexual assault in our area. He said he wanted to get out more in the community and use his recognition and connections he’s made through ‘Idol’ to help spread the word,” Bayes said.

She works with Hope’s Place, which provides services to children affected by sexual assault. Through Cline’s family ties to her and her work, he has a particular understanding of how detrimental sexual assault can be in the community.

The FIVCO family event was organized by the Pathways Sexual Assault Linkage Team, which consists of several agencies dedicated to fighting sexual abuse for children and adults.

Lisa Phelps, a worker with Pathways Rape Crisis, worked closely with Morehead Pathways coordinator Diane Rodgers.

Phelps said Rodgers and her team were instrumental in helping to organize the Ashland linkage team and attain nonprofit status.

“They provided us with outlines on how they got started so we had a skeleton-model to go by,” she said.

“Why reinvent the wheel?” Rodgers said soon after, explaining she enjoyed being able to help the organization grow.

A local house band, Genuine Remedy, provided most of the musical entertainment as children and adults roamed around informational booths, made balloon animals and had caricature portraits drawn.

Cline took to the center of the room to perform shortly before 1 p.m., after which Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles read a proclamation.

“Ashland and the state of Kentucky have adopted laws to protect the rights of victims of rape and provide them certain essential services,” he said. “Let us celebrate a nation where these laws are enforced. It is up to each of us to do what we can do to adhere to the spirit of those laws and those values on which our nation was founded. Let us treat all victims of rape and sexual abuse with compassion, regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or income.”

After that, he proclaimed March to be Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness month

“... I urge the citizens of Ashland, Ky., to reaffirm our commitment to victims’ rights and America’s value ensuring that rape victims receive our utmost respect, understanding and compassion this month and throughout the year.”

LANA BELLAMY can be reached at lbellamy@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

Text Only
Local News
  • 0723copshots1.JPG Focus on law enforcement

    Members of several local and regional law enforcement agencies hit the streets of downtown Ashland Tuesday armed with digital cameras and assignment sheets as they completed in-service photography instruction through the Department of Criminal Justice.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Obama admin. says health subsidies will continue

    A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

  • State’s longest trail system turns 35

    The Sheltowee Trace was officially dedicated as part of the National Recreation Trail system in 1979. After 35 years, the trail remains Kentucky’s longest distance trail, estimated at 307 miles.

    July 21, 2014

  • Pancake releases new album

    The top of the Sky Tower in downtown Ashland was booming Saturday night with music from Larry Pancake’s new album “Fair Weather Friend.”

    July 21, 2014

  • Telephone scammer fleeces man of $5,000

    A telephone scammer claimed another area victim when a Williams Avenue man paid $5,000 after the con artist told him he had won a sweepstakes but had to pay taxes on the prize money before collecting it, according to Ashland Police Department reports.

    July 21, 2014

  • Murder defendant pleads guilty on lesser charge, sentenced to 8 years

    One of four charged with murder in a 2008 double killing pleaded guilty to a lesser charge Monday just before his trial was to start.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIA Rush Marine to rest in Arlington

    Finding Dottie McCoy’s uncle after 71 years was the biggest part of the struggle.

    July 21, 2014

  • Morehead gets Trail Town status

    It has been two and a half years in the making and it happens today.
    Morehead will officially be designated a Kentucky Trail Town following Dawson Springs and Livingston.

    July 21, 2014

  • Fallsburg’s traditional haunt attracts unique talents

    Brian Cassidy said there is no substitute for individual talent while tackling tasks ranging from sculpting a massive hillbilly to inventing paintball gun brackets capable of withstanding the pressures caused by an incoming zombie attack.

    July 21, 2014

  • Local in brief: 7/22/14

    The Kentucky Interagency Coordination Center on Sunday mobilized two fire crews to assist with firefighting efforts in the western United States.

    July 21, 2014