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As Lotus continues to support recovery efforts for survivors, children, and families impacted by the December 10 tornado that devastated our region, we thank our partners for their commitment and response.

Our multidisciplinary team partners from from the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services and Graves County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office delivered essentials and coping resources to children and families impacted by the tornado. Included in the packages were weighted teddy bears, which can help alleviate symptoms of traumatic stress, courtesy of Paducah Cooperative Ministry.

Lotus also thanks generous supporters from near and far who have donated to relief efforts for impacted survivors, children, and families in our region. If you would like to make a donation to Lotus to help continue our efforts, you can visit donate.hopehealgrow.org and note “Tornado Relief” in the comment box with your donation. Questions? Email us at [email protected].


Lotus is offering two child abuse prevention trainings in January. Sessions will be held virtually, and are offered free of charge. Registration is required.

Tuesday, January 18 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed, award-winning training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Through interviews with child sexual abuse survivors, experts, and treatment providers, Stewards of Children® teaches adults practical actions they can take to reduce instances of child sexual abuse in their organizations, families, and communities.

To register, contact Paris Jones, prevention education specialist, at 270-534-4422 ext. 37 or [email protected].


The 2022 Kentucky General Assembly has begun! Over the next several weeks, it’s critical that Kentuckians reach out to legislators to make their voices heard. Children’s advocacy centers and sexual violence resource centers like Lotus need your help to ask Kentucky legislators to prioritize survivors, children, and families this year.

Starting next week, Lotus will send you key information about what’s happening in Frankfort and how you can get involved in the legislative process.


Children’s Advocacy Week: January 18 – 21
Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advocacy Week: January 31 – February 4


Follow Lotus on Instagram and Facebook for information, updates, and best of all—giveaways! Visit our activism website page to learn more about legislative advocacy, look up your legislator, and how to contact them.



What You Should Know About Survivors – From Survivors

It’s important to understand that survivor identities, experiences, and perspectives are diverse. Healing from sexual violence is a nonlinear experience, and looks different for every survivor. Read more on our blog.


Tips for Parents & Caregivers: Healthy Coping After a Tornado
Children may react differently to atornado and its aftermath depending on their age, developmental level, and prior experiences. Parents should expect that different children may respond to events in different ways and be supportive and understanding of different reactions. Read more on our blog.


Address the Stress: Picking Up the Pieces from the Brokenness Virtual Conference

Join Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare and Creative Spirits Behavioral Health for a half day virtual conference where you can step out of the stressors of daily life and join a variety of speakers from across the Commonwealth to learn about how stress impacts our body, mind, and spirit. Register online.


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

1/17: Lotus offices closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/18: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® @ 11:00 a.m. CST
Hosted and facilitated by Lotus (virtual)

1/18 – 1/21: Children’s Advocacy Week

1/25: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® @ 1:00 p.m. CST
Hosted and facilitated by Lotus (virtual)

1/31 – 2/4: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advocacy Week

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