The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP), is a voice for all survivors, their loved ones and the community at-arge. We are the leader in sexual assault response and prevention, and are committed to changing the conversation and culture around the topic of sexual assault.
We play an important role in communicating with law enforcement, District Attorney’s Offices and hospitals as victim-centered responses are developed. We serve as a community resource for statistics and information around the topic of sexual assault, and we take the lead of raising issue awareness through our door-to-door education and outreach.
Impact on the Community
- Colorado has the sixth highest lifetime prevalence of rape in the nation: nearly one in four women in the state (24%, or an estimated 451,000) has been a victim of rape.
- 47% of women in Colorado aged 18 and older have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime.
- The likelihood that a woman will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of rape is between 50 and 95% (John Hopkins University School of Public Health, 1999). According to one study, 50% of sexual assault victims lost their jobs or were forced to quit in the aftermath of rape (Ellis, Atkinson, & Calhoun, 1993).
- The financial cost of a single sexual assault is approximately $110,000 per victim, including short-term medical care, mental health services, lost productivity and pain and suffering.
Changing the Conversation
It is our hope that one day we will live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists. This starts by believing that victims are never to blame. We know that eery time we change the conversation around the issue, and educate people of all ages about their role in prevention, we get a step closer to that day.
Become part of the solution by helping us change the conversation. Speak up if you suspect someone is at risk of being assaulted. Volunteer at an event. Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to get involved. Donate to help fund critical school programs. Each of these is essential and important.
Why We Canvass
The Blue Bench has a team of passionate and informed community organizers who are committed to inspiring fellow community members to join us in our fight to end sexual assault. We find our door-to-door efforts to be an incredibly effective way to inform the public about the realities of sexual assault, to collect donations, and to ensure that every household in the Denver area knows this resource exists for them and their loved ones. In our efforts to reach out to as many people as possible, we knock on doors from 4-9 pm. Our community organizers are always out in groups and always make safety a top priority.
Community & Education Workshops
The Blue Bench offers trainings and workshops for professionals, first responders and parents in the community. Below is a list of current trainings. To schedule a presentation or discuss a customized training, please contact Susie Roman, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Knowledge is Power: Sexual Assault Awareness
- Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Sexual Assault
- Understanding the Continuum of Sexual Assault: The role of Community Partners
- Supporting Survivors and Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault
- Managing the Impact of Sexual Assault: Adaptive and Maladaptive Coping
- Caring for Yourself while Caring for Others: Understanding and Managing Vicarious Trauma
- Understanding Sexual Trauma: Assessment and Treatment
- Bystanders, Survivors, and Budding Activists: Insights into Preventing Sexual Assault among Teens from Prevention to Clinical Perspectives