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August Updates


August Updates


Lotus is kicking off the new school year in partnership with districts across our region. Pictured above, a table at a community event features Lotus resources.


Resources for Families

Going back to school can be a big adjustment for families. These tips will help establish expectations and ease the stress of a new schedule.

  • Build a parent-teacher relationship with open communication.
  • Attend back to school events hosted by your child’s school.
  • Visit your child’s school campus to help your child learn their way around.

Find more tips and resources from Face It Movement to help ensure a positive start to the school year.


Resources for Teachers

Teachers —and all adults— are important mandatory reporters in Kentucky. This means that anyone over the age of 18 who has knowledge of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult must report the abuse to DCBS or law enforcement. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, teachers are responsible for 17% of child abuse and neglect reports.

As the school year starts, learn when and how to report.



Resources for College Students

When it comes to campus safety, college students can get help through on-campus and off-campus resources. Share the links below with the college students in your life.





June kicks off the The Community Foundation of West Kentucky Fred Paxton Fund Challenge for Charities 2022. When you make a gift to Lotus through the Fred Paxton Fund Challenge for Charities before August 31, your gift will be matched up to $10,000! This means your gift makes twice the impact by helping Lotus create opportunities for survivors, children, and families to hope, heal, and grow.

Make your gift online and select Lotus Children’s Advocacy & Sexual Violence Resource Center or mail a check indicating Lotus in the memo line, payable to:
Community Foundation of West Kentucky
Fred Paxton Challenge for Charities
P.O. Box 7 Paducah, KY 42002



988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

If you or someone you know is struggling or needs support now, you are not alone. Simply call or text 988 or visit 988Lifeline.org to connect with compassionate care and support for mental health-related distress.

Share our recent Instagram post with information about crisis and help lines, including who to call and when.


Mondays (ongoing): Survivor Led Support Group @ 6:00 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus, Ampersand, and Hope Harbor | Virtual

Tuesday, August 23: 
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Child Abuse Prevention Training @ 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus | Virtual

Tuesday, September 20: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Child Abuse Prevention Training @ 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus | Virtual

Sarah is a community impact intern at Lotus. She is a senior at Murray State studying organizational communication and nonprofit leadership and is passionate about working in the nonprofit sector one day.

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