On Thursday, March 29, 2018, Attorney General Andy Beshear and survivors of violent crimes received an award for their pioneering work to establish a Survivors Council within the Office of the Attorney General. The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs presented their innovation award to Gretchen Hunt, executive director, Office of Victims Advocacy, and members of the Survivors Council on Thursday in Frankfort at an event honoring Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The 22 member Survivors Council was formed by Beshear in January 2017 to help advise and support victim-centered efforts of the Office of the Attorney General. Beshear is the first attorney general in the nation to create a Survivors Council. Council members are survivors of child abuse, sexual assault, mass shooting, gun violence, homicide, domestic violence and other violent crimes.