Survivors Council Application

About the Survivors Council

Responsibilities & Committees


The mission of the Lotus Survivors Council is to advise and assist Lotus on matters related to survivors of child abuse and sexual violence.

The Survivors Council meets regularly and holds a critical role in helping Lotus better respond to the needs of survivors and provide guidance on survivor-centered awareness initiatives, training efforts, and policy and legislative proposals.

To be eligible to serve on the Survivors Council, applicants must:

Identify as a survivor of child abuse or sexual violence

Be a resident of the Purchase Area of Kentucky (McCracken, Marshall, Calloway, Graves, Hickman, Fulton, Ballard, or Carlisle counties)

Be 18 years of age or older

Be free of allegations or convictions of child abuse, neglect, or sexual violence

Be in good standing within local and professional communities.

My journey was impacted by the council by being surrounded by an amazing group of positive, strong survivors. With each of our journeys being different, we all have one thing in common—we survived! Just being around them and hearing all their ideas and how they have that passion to help, has encouraged me to keep pushing.

Lotus Survivors Council Member

Survivors Council

Responsibilities & Committees


The Survivors Council shall be responsible for expanding meaningful access to services through community outreach; recruiting and retaining Council members, and identifying professional development priorities and opportunities for Council members; and shaping Lotus programs and initiatives.

Each Council member shall devote the time necessary to attend council meetings, learn about Lotus, review materials provided, keep up-to-date on Lotus programs and outreach, and fully participate in Council matters. 

Members shall complete a minimum of (12) twelve hours of continuing education annually, including, but not limited to, new member orientation and HIPAA training.    


The Survivors Council is organized in three committees, each with a chair:


    • Community Outreach: Leads and supports initiatives to expand access to Lotus services. Creates opportunities to engage community supporters and potential advocates and volunteers in Lotus’s mission. Identifies and promotes speaking opportunities for Council members.
    • Recruitment & Culture: Leads council recruitment, membership, and culture building initiatives and activities. Participates in new member onboarding and identifies and organizes continuing education opportunities.
    • Programming: Evaluates, informs, and enhances Lotus programs and processes to ensure efforts are accessible, trauma-informed, survivor-centered, effective, and responsive to the needs of diverse survivors.

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