Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's coming, Kentucky: A new "I Care About Kids" plate

Kentucky Attorney General's Office image
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway unveiled Kentucky's newest license plate today ... well, actually, it's a redesign of a plate that's been around for the last decade or so.

The "I Care About Kids" plate, the proceeds from which benefit Kentucky's Child Victims' Trust Fund (CVTF), now has the CVTF name and crayons on the right side of the plate, replacing the child-like drawing of kids that we're used to.  It's not an exciting plate, but it does support a worthy cause.

The Attorney General's press release follows the jump.


Attorney General Jack Conway is pleased to announce a newly designed 'I Care About Kids' license plate in Kentucky. Proceeds from the sale of the license plate will go to the Child Victims' Trust Fund (CVTF) to assist in funding child sexual abuse prevention programs and to help offset the portion of child sexual abuse medical exam expenses not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

"When it's time to renew your car tags, please consider purchasing our redesigned 'I Care About Kids' license plate," said General Conway, chairman of the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which oversees the CVTF. "The proceeds from these license plates help fund programs that are truly making a difference for Kentucky's most vulnerable children. With your assistance, we can help keep Kentucky families safe."

Nationally, rates regarding child victims of rape or sexual assault range from 1.2 to 1.9 children per 1,000. Approximately one-third of all sexual assaults reported to law enforcement involved a victim under the age of 12, and it's estimated that only one in 10 victims of sexual abuse ever discloses the abuse.

"Children who have been sexually abused are more likely to abuse alcohol and are 3.8 times more likely to develop drug addictions," said General Conway. "The consequences of child sexual abuse are significant and can last a lifetime."

The new "I Care About Kids" license plate is expected to be available this summer and can be purchased through local county clerk's offices.

Kentuckians can also support child sexual abuse prevention initiatives through private donations or through the Kentucky Income Tax Refund Check-Off. For more information on the CSAEP Board and Child Victims' Trust Fund, visit http://ag.ky.gov/cvtf.

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