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Funds dispersed across Kentucky to combat child sex abuse and neglect

Attorney General Andy Beshear (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News) Attorney General Andy Beshear (Source: Kayla Vanover, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Grants totaling $160,000 are being dispersed throughout the state to combat child sex abuse and neglect.
 
Monday, Attorney General Andy Beshear presented Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) with $42,000 to help the program continue to combat child sexual abuse in Kentucky. 
 
"It is a great honor to provide funding to support Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, an organization that shares one of the top priorities of my office – to prevent the abuse and neglect of Kentucky's children," Beshear said. "Our children are safer because of the effective strategies and programs it provides and our communities and families are strengthened through its advocacy and public education efforts."

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Three other agencies in the state will also benefit from the grant money, to help fund training programs with law enforcement, prosecutors, educators, and social workers.
 
The programs will discuss child sexual abuse with children and how to keep children safe on the Internet.
 
"Children should never be placed in the position of taking responsibility for being victims of sexual abuse," said Jill Seyfred, executive director of PCAK. "These funds will allow us to continue to expand our ground-breaking training, in conjunction with the attorney general's office and to make sure adults are better equipped to keep children in their communities safe."
 
To further fulfill Beshear's commitment to protect Kentucky children from sexual abuse his office teamed up with First Lady Glenna Bevin, the Department for Behavioral Health Development Disabilities and Intellectual, the Kentucky Association of Child Advocacy Centers and the Department of Criminal Justice Training to create the "What Child Sex Offenders Can Teach You" training. This training is currently available to law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, educators and other professional child advocates throughout 2016.
 
The Office of Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit is also working to hold those who attempt to prey on children online responsible and have arrested more than 30 child sex offenders since January.
 
The money comes from the Child Victims Trust Fund. The fund is built by purchasing "I Care About Kids" license plates and donations while filing income taxes.
 
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