At The Blue Bench, our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.
To truly change rape culture requires a paradigm shift and a complete restructuring in how we think and talk about the issue of sexual assault.
We use a community-based approach to prevention, ensuring schools, businesses, law enforcement and beyond are committed to survivor-centered responses and sexual violence education.
Changing attitudes means changing behaviors, both of which contribute to a healthier, more aware community of active bystanders.
Whether someone is found guilty or innocent in the criminal justice system does not reflect whether or not a survivor’s story is true. Believing survivors says nothing about a perpetrator’s innocence or guilt, but it says everything about how we view sexual assault. Believing a survivor can empower them to heal and end the stigma around sexual assault.
You and I are now making it clear to companies that sexual abuse is not acceptable. We are calling out the power structures that are keeping abusers safe and enabling them to abuse. We are vocal on social media and voting with our dollars, more and more likely to stop purchasing from or consuming content from businesses that enable sexual abuse. And these businesses are listening.
It’s not too late to make your voices heard on the recent policy changes proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The new rules, released by the Department of Education at the end of November, will significantly alter the way colleges, universities and K-12 schools handle sexual assault and harassment allegations.
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