October Updates


Kids are kids, and sometimes they play in ways that result in minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. These minor injuries are often found on bony areas of the body like knees, shins, elbows, and foreheads. However, there are other types of bruises that should be a red flag for possible abuse.

Earlier this week, we recognized TEN-4 Awareness Day. The TEN-4 FACESp Bruising Rule is a useful acronym to help screen children under 4 years of age with bruising to identify when a bruise is more likely to be caused by abuse than accidental injury. The TEN-4-FACESp is not intended to diagnose abuse.

If bruising in any of the three components – Regions, Infants, Patterns – is present, strongly consider evaluating for child abuse and/or consulting with an expert in child abuse.


Learn more about the TEN-4 FACESp Bruising Rule from Face It Movement.


Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) are registered nurses who provide a trauma informed, holistic approach to healing and safety for survivors of sexual violence. October 10-14 is Emergency Nurses Week, when we recognize and celebrate the dedicated SANEs in our region.

SANEs toured Lotus’s Paducah campus during Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month earlier this year.

SANEs are trained to provide survivors and child victims with holistic, trauma informed, and culturally sensitive care after abuse and assault. They support safety, healing, and justice for survivors, children, and families by offering options in care, which may include forensic evidence collection, testing and treatment or prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy prevention, and immediate follow up services with advocacy, medical, and law enforcement partners.

Thank you, SANEs, for all that you do!

According to the International Association of Forensic Nurses, only 17-20% of American hospitals have SANEs on staff. If you are a registered nurse and are interested in supporting survivors through your work, learn more about how to become a SANE.


Last month, Attorney General Daniel Cameron visited Lotus. Attorney General Cameron toured our children’s advocacy center and the Hope Heal Grow Mobile, our children’s advocacy center mobile unit. We’re grateful for the support of the Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention & Prosecution within the Office of the Attorney General.

At an individual, local, and state level—we all have a responsibility to respond to, and prevent, child abuse and sexual violence. Learn more about the Office of Trafficking and Abuse Prevention & Prosecution and their role in creating a safer Kentucky.



How to Respond when a Loved One Discloses Abuse

When a survivor discloses that they have been sexually assaulted it can be difficult for both the survivor and the person they disclose to. Learn how to respond on the Lotus blog. 


Teaching Internet Safety

Help your children understand how to use the internet safely with these videos that present digital safety lessons in a fun and age-appropriate manner. There are video series for elementary, middle, and high school students.


Access Healing Podcast

The Access Healing podcast by the Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs focuses on the intersection of the BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and Substance Use communities, and their barriers to receiving services. Check out their most recent episode, The Experience of Being Black and an Advocate for Survivors.


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

Saturday, October 22: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Child Abuse Prevention Training @ 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus | 1605 North Friendship Road, Paducah
Childcare and refreshments provided!

Saturday, November 19: Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® Child Abuse Prevention Training @ 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. CDT
Hosted by Lotus | 1605 North Friendship Road, Paducah
Childcare and refreshments provided

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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