We love this city and we have great respect for its leaders. 40 years ago, Lexington was at the forefront of advocating for victims of rape and sexual violence. This very community was the first in Kentucky to recognize the critical need for survivor services by establishing the FIRST 24-hour hotline and the FIRST rape crisis center in the state. LFUCG has always been a strong partner with the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) in joint efforts to address sexual violence in Fayette County. On Friday however, a recommendation was made to the Council’s Social Services and Community Development Committee to fund sexual violence services at $0. As you can imagine, this will greatly impact the BRCC's capacity to provide counseling and advocacy for survivors in Lexington. If this recommendation is approved, this would mean that Lexington would not be funding ANY services for survivors in Fayette County. We do not believe that this reflects the values of our compassionate community. We are appealing to the Urban County Council to reconsider the current budget recommendations and allocate sufficient funds for these critical and essential services. We know that resources are limited, but we appreciate all that you can do to help keep Lexington at the forefront of eradicating sexual violence.