April Updates

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

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Each of us has the opportunity to make the everyday choices reflected in our attitudes, words, and behaviors which promote safety and communicate intolerance for violence.

Together, we create a world where every person is safe and respected and can reach their full potential. Together, we all have the opportunity to hope, heal, grow.

Join Lotus in supporting survivors, strengthening families, and empowering communities to end child abuse and sexual violence. We hope to see you at our April events!

Growing Together! Festival & Picnic
Saturday, April 23 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lotus, 1605 North Friendship Road | Paducah, KY 42001

Join Lotus for a day of playful activities, a cookout and picnic, and connection with community. Enjoy food, expressive arts, music, nature seek-and-find, enriching games, therapy dogs, yoga, and more—free! All are welcome.

Learn more on our website, or let us know you are going on Facebook.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSES

If you would like to volunteer with Lotus but are not sure how, join us at one of two upcoming open house events! You will have a chance to meet staff and volunteers, tour our Paducah campus, and learn about how you can get involved through medical advocacy and crisis response, restorative services, community outreach, outdoor sanctuary and administrative support, or the Lotus Survivors Council.

Tuesday, April 12
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lotus, 1605 North Friendship Road
Paducah, KY 42001
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Wednesday, April 27
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Lotus, 1605 North Friendship Road
Paducah, KY 42001
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FIND LOTUS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Murray State University
Student Survivor Space

April 12 | 4:00 p.m. CDT
Women’s Center, C102 Applied Science, Murray State University
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Join Lotus and the Murray State Women’s Center for a conversation focused on the support systems and services that survivors need to move through the healing process after an assault. Learn about systems of support that are in place and contribute your thoughts on what support is missing! Please note this conversation is for student survivors.


Hope. Heal. Grow. Community Pop-up Event
April 14 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. CDT
Central Park, Murray
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Join Lotus, CASA by the Lakes, West Kentucky NOW, and Murray Woman’s Club to enjoy enriching games and giveaways and learn about resources for building resilience.

SpringFest
April 16 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
Kess Creek Park, Mayfield
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Graves County Fiscal Court, Mayfield/Graves County Chamber of Commerce, and Mayfield-Graves County Tourism are excited to announce the first ever Mayfield Graves County SpringFest! The event will kick-off at 10:00 a.m. with the 13th Annual FNB Easter Egg Hunt; free food from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; an interactive story walk with Pete the Cat starting at 1:00 p.m.; and tons of other fun giveaways and treats from local businesses and nonprofits, including Lotus.
LaCenter Easter Egg Hunt
April 16 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CDT
LaCenter City Park, LaCenter
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Bring your baskets and/or bags and join the city of LaCenter and Lotus for a children’s Easter egg hunt. The eggs will be filled with candy, and some will contain numbers for a prize. Six of the eggs will have numbers in them that correspond with grand prizes from the prize table.

RESOURCES TO DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING

SUPPORT SURVIVORS

Stories of Courage and Healing Online Showcase
Virtual event from StoryCenter
April 15, 2:00 p.m. CDT

30-Minute Trauma Recovery Yoga with Embody Yoga & Expression
Free event from Women’s Advocates
April 27, 3:00 p.m. CDT

Survivor’s Healing Journey
Virtual meeting from Kosair Charities Face It Movement
April 28, 11:00 a.m. CDT

Marsy’s Law in Kentucky is Making a Difference
Video from Marsy’s Law for All

STRENGTHEN FAMILIES

Courageous Conversations Panel Discussion
Webinar from Kentucky Youth Advocates
April 12, 9:00 a.m. CDT

Parent Nation
Webinar from Center for the Study of Social Policy
April 14, 2:00 p.m. CDT

Caring for Children
Guides for parents and caregivers from Kosair Charities Face It Movement

EMPOWER COMMUNITIES

Practicing Digital Consent
Article from National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Taking Action to Intervene
Article from National Sexual Violence Resource Center

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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