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Survivor Transforms Tragedy Into Service

Publish Date 07/13/2023
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Tragedy would not be Alycee Valdivia’s story. It could not. She wouldn’t allow it.

In a small town in Kansas, back in 2013, Valdivia was sexually assaulted. She survived, scarred and angry. She also felt invalidated. Kansas law required two acts of assault or harassment before a survivor could receive an Order of Protection; Valdivia had her one assault.

“I had to make a decision,” Valdivia reflected. “Would I continue to shut down or would I find a new normal? It was a matter of pressing on, and a lot of faith went into it.”

For years, amending the law to require just one act fizzled. Other states had done so, but their attempts included survivor impact testimony. Kansas had not until 2017 when Valdivia and others stepped forward to share their stories. From tragedy to triumph, Valdivia helped change Kansas law so other survivors could receive the help she did not.

The final component of her healing, Valdivia said, was learning about the process of policing. She enrolled in KCPD’s Citizens Police Academy and became enthralled with the service provided to the community. Valdivia believed she, too, could do more for her community and with that, Valdivia applied to join KCPD.

“I felt empowered with information,” Valdivia said. “It was great closure for my situation.”

Since 2018, Valdivia has served as an administrative assistant at Central Patrol. She assists people who arrive needing information, reports, and help.

“If I can help someone have a better experience with police than I did, that’s my goal,” Valdivia explained. “I try to provide people with a little bit more information than what’s necessary. I think it helps build trust.”

Valdivia is sharing her story because she’s inspired by her coworkers and officers who continue to serve. She wants people to know that these public servants, like her, came to KCPD with a desire to help others.

“If more of us knew why we’re here, we’d draw more on each other’s strengths and be inspired more,” Valdivia said. “We’re a team. The more we’re connected, the stronger we are.”