This April, join us in spreading awareness about sexual assault!
April 1 marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), 30 days in which we will be dedicated to focusing attention statewide on the issues surround sexual assault and its prevention. For more information about the organized events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please view our SAAM page!
Suramek resigns position as Executive Director of the BRCC
February 18, 2016
Lexington, KY — After a 4-year tenure, Mae Suramek has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center.
“This work has never been about me or any one person. I’m humbled to have spent the last 4 years with a staff, board, and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to create a forward-thinking, survivor-centered organization with high accountability and measurable outcomes. I have every ounce of confidence that these collective efforts will carry on, and that the BRCC will continue to expand access to services, increase prevention education, and challenge the systems that perpetuate our culture of violence.”
Under her leadership, the BRCC successfully recovered from a financial deficit and implemented a long-term, diversified funding strategy. The BRCC now consistently ranks as a top non-profit in the Good Giving Guide Challenge and Kentucky Gives Day campaigns. During her tenure, the BRCC increased the overall number of survivors who received services and successfully implemented prevention education programs in many central Kentucky schools. The BRCC also forged important partnerships with police departments, family judges, county attorneys, hospitals, and correctional facilities. Aside from reviving the annual Black and White Ball, Mae also led efforts to launch “Impact 10 Kentucky”, a coalition of central Kentucky colleges and universities committed to eradicating sexual violence on college campuses.
Mae will remain in her position until May 30th, and will then launch her own socially conscious business start-up in her hometown of Berea, Kentucky.
Search for a replacement
The board of directors of the BRCC has formed a search committee and will begin the search process immediately. A new Executive Director is expected to be in place by June 1st. Please visit our Job Opportunities page for more information.
Thanks to you, the GoodGiving Guide Challenge was a success!
From November 13th through December 31st, we raised more than $22,000 in donations through the GoodGiving Guide Challenge! Throughout the challenge, BRCC received donations from 455 individuals, putting us in 2nd place for number of unique donors. We also finished in 8th place for number of dollars raised.
These donations make it possible for us to continue serving survivors of sexual violence and their families in the Bluegrass. Thank YOU for speaking out against sexual violence!
Volunteer with us!
Looking for a way to support the BRCC? We rely on our generous volunteers. Their hard work and dedication makes our 24 hour crisis hotline possible. The next volunteer training session will take place in September. Please click below to sign up today!