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As more and more of us emerge from pandemic isolation and begin to gather with friends and family, we at The Blue Bench want to make sure you have fun in a safe and welcoming environment. That’s why we’ve recently relaunched our Safe Bars program!

Following the breaking news of Bill Cosby’s release from prison, calls to our 24/7 hotline increased by 80% over that of the same period from the week prior. News like this can be triggering for survivors of sexual violence. This is normal. Indeed, multiple studies have shown that current events, especially news related to sexual violence, can be retraumatizing for survivors.

As an organization that closely examines the way sexual assault uniquely affects individuals of all identities, we'd like to give recognition to 6 LGBTQIA+ trailblazers who committed to continuing the fight for a world without violence.

We’re thrilled to celebrate the 15th annual Heart of the Matter Golf Tournament this August. We had the privilege of sitting down with Dean and Karen Liley, the founders of this special event.

A special thank you to our partners at Sprit of the Sun for sharing about what it means to be Two-Spirit, and for providing information about two individuals who have implemented substantial change within the Native community through out history.

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