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.
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.