Andy Beshear was sworn is as Kentucky's 50th Attorney General on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Andy Beshear (left) was sworn is as Kentucky's 50th Attorney General on Monday, January 4, 2016.

In 2015, one in five women and one in 16 men were sexually assaulted on college campuses in Kentucky. Few of those crimes were reported.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to change that. On March 22, he came to the Belknap Campus to announce that his office is launching a video contest for students to help raise awareness of campus sexual assaults and aid in their prevention.

Details of Beshear’s “Voice of Justice” video contest can be found on the attorney general’s website, The competition has two $500 prizes — one awarded by a panel of experts, another based on the video that gets the most views. Submissions are due April 1.

“What I love about this contest is that it’s students protecting students,” Beshear said Wednesday at a news conference in the Ekstrom Library’s Bingham Poetry Room.

Joining Beshear in announcing the contest was Student Government Association President Aaron Vance. He said his goal is to ensure that sexual assault “isn’t taken lightly on any college campus.”

The University of Louisville offers a variety of services for victims of sexual violence and harassment through the PEACC Center. PEACC stands for Prevention, Education, Advocacy on Campus and Community.

That programming reaches thousands of students each year, according to PEACC Center Director Sally Evans. She said that any report made to the center “matters and is taken seriously.”

Video from Beshear’s UofL visit is included below: 

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.