New resource closet opens for sexual abuse survivors
The Children's Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass now has a closet for clothing and hygiene products for sexual abuse victims
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Angela Bailey works closely with The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass.
The non-profit is based in Lexington and serves 17 area counties.
Inside the building are all the services a victim or family of a victim of sexual abuse could need. Bailey says the newest service the group has added is a new resource closet where victims can receive clothing and hygiene products.
The room is named after Kristen Jenkins, the former program director at the center who passed away last year.
“Kristen’s vision was a resource closet that we could provide for kids and their families if they needed fresh clothes, fresh underwear, toiletries items and diapers,” explains Engagement Director, Taylor Ballinger.
Bailey says the center has the resources to serve all aspects for survivors. When she was younger, she says that she and her cousin were victims of sexual abuse by a trusted family member.
“I thought I was alone and it was just me, but I’m now realizing that I most definitely wasn’t alone. The fact that there were many people who had been where I was, was incredibly powerful,” says Bailey.
Years later Bailey found motivation to be an advocate. Today she helps raise money for the center.
“We’ll see 1,000 kids a year here and so we have a significant amount of need,” Ballinger explains.
The center says that one in four girls are sexually assaulted. Also one in eight boys have also experienced sexual assault and abuse.
“It affects all of our families. It affects all of our workplaces, our communities. This is a problem for all of us,” says Bailey.
The center is welcoming donations, mainly hygiene products, stuffed animals, blankets and clothes for children ages 3 -17.