The Eastern Kentucky University Office of Equity and Inclusion will host a presentation titled “Changing Culture: Addressing Sexual Assault in Kentucky” on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall in the Whitlock Building.
Gretchen Hunt, who heads the Office of Victims Advocacy with the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, will speak on what communities can do to address sexual assault and what it means to seek justice for victims and survivors. After the talk, Hunt will answer questions from the audience relating to sexual violence and seeking justice for those affected.
Hunt has advocated for the rights of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking for 18 years. The Boston College Law School alumna has been a leader in passing key legislation that impacts victims of sexual assault in Kentucky, including the state’s Human Trafficking and Victim Rights Act. Her articles on human trafficking have been published in the Kentucky Bar Review and the Journal of Violence, Trauma and Abuse.
Hunt’s work with victims has earned her several awards, including the Leadership Award from the Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network, the Liberation Award from Kentucky Rescue and Restore and Member of the Year from the Women Lawyers Association. She is an educator as well as an advocate, teaching courses on gender and the law and domestic violence at the University of Louisville and Brandeis School of Law.
The talk is free and open to the public.