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.
Sexual violence affects all genders and demographics, but Native women are disproportionately affected. Here are some Native-led resources available for Native survivors to use and foster the healing process.
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. The books highlighted in this month’s list are written by Native American and Indigenous authors in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.