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Creating art can often be a form of catharsis. This is certainly the case for Jenn Merz, whose series Undisguised is currently on display at the Payge Gallery.

Warren Village, a Denver-based nonprofit that helps low-income, single-parent families make the journey from poverty to self-sufficiency, became the most recent home of a blue bench. The bench, which symbolizes a community commitment to ending sexual assault and supporting survivors, can be found on the porch of the organization’s administrative building.

The Blue Bench, metro Denver’s only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center, today announced that Stacy Galbraith and Edna Hendershot will be the featured guests at its April 28, 2020 Changing the Conversation Luncheon. Galbraith and Hendershot, the true heroes who inspired the Colorado detectives depicted in the hit Netflix series Unbelievable, will take part in a conversation moderated by award winning journalist Chris Vanderveen.

More than 300 advocates, activists and supporters of The Blue Bench gathered Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Downtown Denver for the organization’s Changing the Conversation Luncheon. This annual event focuses on inspiring the community to take part in a dialogue around sexual assault.

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.

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