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The Blue Bench Blog

On April 22nd, we had the privilege of hearing from journalist and producer, Amy Herdy in a Keynote Conversation hosted by Chris Vanderveen, director of news at 9-News Denver. Amy shared her experiences and explained key areas in which Journalism must improve to become more supportive of survivors.

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.

What many may not know is that eating disorders are one of the deadliest mental illnesses, causing around 10,200 deaths each year according to research. While there are many factors that play into the development of an eating disorder, research shows a significant intersection between past trauma and disordered eating.

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