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Attorney Gen. Beshear Pays Visit to Gatton Academy

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An afternoon class at Western Kentucky University's Gatton Academy became a bit more exciting Attorney General Andy Beshear was the one teaching.

Beshear met with students to discuss what he calls the mission of the Attorney Generals Office--working to protect Kentucky families.

He says this can be made possible through four steps: preventing and prosecuting child abuse, protecting senior citizens against scams and abuse, seeking justice for victims of sexual assault, and finding workable solutions to the drug epidemic,

"Kentucky is my home and as the Attorney General, I'm the peoples lawyer, I'm these students lawyer, and I want to make sure that the Kentucky they grow up in has opportunity--has great jobs, has safe neighborhoods--is the type of place that they'll eventually want to raise their kids. Also, providing safety whether it's here on the college campus at Western or whether it's across Kentucky is something I am absolutely committed to."

This isn't Beshear's first trip to WKU. The Attorney General has spoke multiple times there this year about his commitment to preventing campus sexual assault and providing justice for rape victims.

In May, his office put over $4,500,000 into the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab to hire new staff and provide necessary equipment to test the thousands of backlogged rape kits.

He says, after four months, those promises of justice he stated on campus are becoming a reality.

"Since we started testing them, we just had our first indictment," Beshear says, "It's out of Jefferson County from a rape kit that was tested that had sat on a shelf for years upon years and it involves a serial rapist. It shows you how doing the right thing yields great results and we are going to keep seeking  that justice, we are going to keep bringing these cases and we're going to make sure that this never happens again."

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