In 1983 we began as RAAP (Rape Assistance and Awareness Program). While it does tell you what we do, it didn't tell you who we are.
So, in 2013, we rebranded to The Blue Bench.
Why The Blue Bench? We're glad you asked.
- Our bench is meant to be shared. There is space for others to sit. In Colorado, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime and that can lead to feelings of isolation. We want them to know they are not alone and there will always be someone to sit with them here.
- Our blue bench is a symbol: It's a safe place. A place for community conversation. A place that invites everyone to come as they are.
- When you see our blue bench in the neighborhood, we want it to serve as a marker that in your community, survivors are believed and supported.
- Our bench is welcoming, peaceful and inclusive.