Why do roughly 60% of sexual assaults go unreported?
Among the many reasons a survivor may decide not to report, one of the most prominent is because they feel they won't be believed.
Many times when a sexual assault survivor comes forward to seek medical attention, report the crime, or simply tell someone in their lives, they are met with skepticism and blame.
Survivors will often only reach out once for help, and with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men in Colorado experiencing sexual violence, it's no surprise that many feel it is "easier" to keep it to themselves.
Sexual assault is the only crime where the victim becomes the accused. It is common for victims to be asked about their attire, level of intoxication and sexual history among other items that contribute to the silencing of many survivors.
At The Blue Bench, we aim to change this behavior at a community level. When we, as a community, actively support and believe survivors, it sets in to motion a series of other events that will help us achieve an important cultural shift in how we think and talk about sexual assault. See how below: