Ampersand Sexual Violence Resource Center
We connect survivors, volunteers, advocates, educators, & mental health professionals. Resources include a 24/7 support line, crisis counseling, medical & legal advocacy, free long term individual & group therapy, and prevention education. This includes trauma-informed training for professionals like law enforcement, hospital staff, yoga instructors, & teachers. We see a community where everyone has a stake in eliminating rape culture & oppression. #SupportIndividuals & #EngageCommunities
P.O. Box 1603
Lexington, KY 40588
1.) Practice intersectionality & intentional inclusivity in all that we do.
2.) Provide support & resources to individuals impacted by sexual violence.
3.) Define & promote trauma informed practices.
4.) Promote a culture of consent and provide a counter-narrative to rape culture.
5.) Engage in activism in pursuit of our vision.
We strive to follow the lead of women like Tarana Burke who say, "the movement is actually working when the public understands that there is no expected narrative, standard perpetrator and victim, or archetypical story of abuse." We are rooted in empowerment and we believe that everyone is impacted by sexual violence. We are here for each other so that all of us can see freedom from sexual violence.
What Can Volunteer Advocates Do?
Answer the 24-hour support hotline
Meet survivors in emergency rooms and police departments
Connect survivors wth Ampersand counselors and therapists
Help spread the word about Ampersand in the Bluegrass
Ampersand Advocates supported 804 survivors between April 2017-2018
Advocates volunteered over 7,000 hours in 2017
Volunteers are often the first person a survivor speaks with when they contact Ampersand
Interested Volunteers Will:
Be at least 20 years old
Have reliable transportation & personal phone
Give permission for a background check
Complete 40 hours of training
Commit to at least 6 months of service