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Much Accomplished, Much To Do

Thank you for your support during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM)!

When I think of SAAPM and the RISE Survivor Art Show, one word comes to mind: Invaluable.

In a city as large as Denver, it is easy to feel lost and overlooked, especially when carrying trauma and trying to survive. Survivors don’t always have the luxury of having spaces solely for them.

However, The RISE Survivor Art Show gives survivor artists a home to share their most authentic and raw versions of themselves while connecting with a community over their shared experience. 

Community, connection, and empathetic spaces are critical for survivors.

These spaces can be the defining difference in a survivor’s life. Knowing they can walk into spaces where they don’t have to fight to be believed, heard, or respected, can be immensely healing.

We also thank our business partners for their invaluable support during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

As we continue our journey to eliminate sexual assault, we invite other pillars of our community to join us in this vital mission.

You can play a crucial role in creating safer spaces and fostering change. Let's stand together and work toward a future where everyone feels safe and respected.



Carolyn Ferrick

Events & Philanthropy Manager

Your partnership sends a powerful message!

We extend our sincere gratitude to our business partners for standing with survivors of sexual assault during SAAPM. Your partnership shows you are committed to supporting survivors and building a future free from sexual violence. Thank you for your unwavering support!

Another successful year for the RISE Survivor Art Show.

Thank you to all our supporters who visited and shared about the third annual RISE Survivor Art Show! This year, RISE tripled in size, welcoming artists from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Your support has helped make this event a beacon of hope and healing for survivors everywhere.

Thank you to our sponsors, Alpine Bank, Native Roots, CHFA, and Meow Wolf, for making our exhibition a success. 

Virtual Gallery still open!

Your support can make a life-changing difference for survivors of sexual assault. 

Victim services across Colorado are at risk of a devastating 40% to 60% cut in federal funding, known as VOCA. Without adequate funding, essential services may be forced to scale back or discontinue entirely, leaving survivors without the support they desperately need.

Here's how you can help:

Contact your representatives and urge them to vote yes on HB24-1349. This bill, also known as the Firearms and Ammunition Excise tax, will create stable funding for mental health and victim services, ensuring that survivors have access to the support they deserve.

Donate directly to our mission to eliminate sexual assault. Your donation and advocacy can make a tangible impact in the lives of survivors and help create a safer, more supportive community for all. Donate now and make your voice heard in support of survivors' rights and well-being.

Join Our Team:

  • Internships:
    • Now accepting applications for our Client Services Intern Team:
    • Now accepting applications for our Resource Team Internships:
      • Submit a resume and cover letter to Becca Tiell-Krekeler, Client Services Co-Director: Resources at 
  • Open positions:
    • Bilingual Case Manager
    • Bilingual On-Call Advocate, Part-time
    • Post-Conviction Victim Advocate
    • Bilingual Therapist (English/Spanish)
    • Therapist
    • Community Educator, Part-time
    • On-Call Advocate, Part-time
  • Volunteer opportunities: 
    • Hotline Advocate
    • Hospital Advocate
    • Office Assistant
    • Event Volunteer

Quote of the Month:

"The predator wants your silence. It feeds their power, entitlement, and they want it to feed your shame. Our bodies are not the ‘spoils of war’… a trophy to be collected to fuel your ego. It’s OURS! It doesn’t belong to you! And when you take it without permission, it DESTROYS…like a virus!"

- Viola Davis, in a statement to Variety regarding Harvey Weinstein in 2017


  • Cliff Stricklin
    Cliff Stricklin
  • Karen and Brian Adkins
    Karen and Brian Adkins
  • Donal and Lindsay Grogan
    Donal and Lindsay Grogan
  • Amy Gaines & Ron Litvak
    Amy Gaines & Ron Litvak
  • Wana Brands Foundation
    Wana Brands Foundation
  • Rose Medical Center
  • King & Spalding LLC.
    King & Spalding LLC.
  • Illegal Petes
    Illegal Petes
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
    Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
  • Kulture Music Hall
    Kulture Music Hall
  • MPLX
  • Old Barrel Tea Company
    Old Barrel Tea Company
  • Native Roots
    Native Roots

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