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.
Nearly 52 per month. That is the average number of reported sexual assaults that have occurred in Denver in 2021. This number, while staggering, likely does not reflect reality and the number of assaults that have occurred is higher. According to the Department of Justice, only 31 percent of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement.
This is a wake-up call. As a community, we must come together and work toward ending sexual violence. Here are three things we can all resolve to do to build a more caring community that is safer for everyone.
Welcome to the Shelf Care reading list by The Blue Bench! Every month, we will curate a reading list of books showcasing powerful voices and talented storytelling. These books delve into topics related to sexual assault, sexual identity, trauma, healing, hope, community, and resilience.
The books highlighted in this month’s list feature themes of healing from trauma. This includes research-based books as well as memoirs and novels about different types of healing journeys. [TW/CW: These books may contain topics related to sexual assault, domestic violence, drug use, eating disorders, death, and others that some may find triggering]
As 2021 comes to a close, we reflect on the challenges and changes this year brought. Throughout all of it, we have found strength. Through strength comes hope, healing, and transformation. The Blue Bench is made up of two important departments: our prevention team that provides critical sexual assault programming for the community and our client services team who provide advocacy for survivors, including a 24/7 crisis hotline and therapeutic care. Both departments work tirelessly to bring hope, healing, and transformation for survivors and for our community.
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