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 4 decades ago, a group of three Denver area women discovered that there wasn’t a community resource for their friend who had been sexually assaulted. Together, they decided to change this. In the basement of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church they started a sexual assault hotline. Later, additional programs were added, and this organization became The Blue Bench, metro Denver’s only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and survivor support center.
After being unsuccessful for a full year, Senate Bill 73 to support child survivors of sexual assault was passed by the senate and awaits a vote in the house. Intended to remove the statute of limitations for child survivors of sexual assault, this bill would allow survivors an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator.
This month, we wish to acknowledge the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) community and the way mainstream misconceptions can present these individuals with unique challenges. By better understanding Deaf Culture and further considering the trials that they face, we have the ability to empower survivors of sexual assault who are part of this community in their healing process.
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