Canine Classic 5k Winner Results Are In!

The Canine Classic was a wonderful success with a warm, sunny finish to warm participants and their pooches. The highlight of the event was afterward, watching all of the lovable, four-legged friends strut their stuff in the Dog Trick Contest. We can’t wait to share more! Stay tuned for pictures to follow!

Check out who took home the big win. Click HERE!

Announcing the 17th Annual Canine Classic 5k! You’re invited!!

Canine 2017 - Canine Logo w sponsors Great cause. Dogs. Running. Music. Fun.
Need we say more?

The Canine Classic is a unique event that helps support a cause that can be difficult to talk about. It provides a fun, positive, and light-hearted atmosphere that brings the community together to support sexual assault awareness.

The 17th annual Canine Classic 5k will be held on Sunday, April 30th 2017 at the Boulder Reservoir. Canine Classic is a dog-friendly 5k run/walk for participants of all ages. (Canine companion is optional.) This is a professionally-timed event that can be used as a BolderBOULDER qualifying time.

This year’s event will feature local DJ, Blakk Caesar (Henry Mitchell), delicious food from the Wheel & Whisk food truck, doggie vendor expo and more fun than you can shake at!

Learn more about this event at

Interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, or a volunteer? Contact Alyssa Paschall at






Boulder artist, Kristin Sheldon, owner and creator of Heartstrings Card Company, has created and donated the Canine Classic race logos for over 25 years. Kristin’s whimsical three dogs, along with the bluebird have become iconic characters for the Canine Classic race every year.

Don’t miss your chance this year to own your very own Canine Classic swag, featuring these lovable mascots! Click here to learn more!

Announcing a Support Group for Primary Survivors of Sexual Assault

Survivor's Support GroupMoving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is now offering a support group for primary survivors of sexual assault. If you are a survivor of sexual trauma, this group is for you. Benefit from emotional support, understanding, and encouragement from one another.
This 8-week group will provide:

  • A warm, safe, private setting with 3 to 6 members
  • Understanding on how trauma has affected you
  • Tools to help you manage difficult thoughts and feelings
  • A chance to share support with other survivors

Who it helps: This group is for primary survivors of sexual trauma
When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (8 weeks) Starting March 9th, 2017
Where: Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) – 1333 Iris Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304
Facilitator: Taylor Millard, BS, MSW candidate
Investment: $15 per session; Victim compensation accepted as payment form.

Space for this group is limited; register today!


MESA Hotline Volunteer Training Dates Announced

Training Dates Announced:

MESA’s Hotline volunteer training will be held February 23rd through March 22nd. MESA needs you! Gain skills and experience while moving to end sexual assault. Click HERE to apply today!

Recruitment Spring 2017

Employment Opportunity: Now Hiring for the Position of Prevention Education Specialist

Job Description

Mental Health Partners offers a diverse, quality work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefit package

MHP application and background check required


To coordinate MESA’s prevention education and awareness-raising efforts

Job Summary:  

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of MESA’s comprehensive social marketing strategy.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement community- based programs for the primary prevention of sexual violence
  • Develop and implement prevention education presentations, workshops and trainings on the topics of sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender oppression, healthy relationships and related issues
  • Conduct outreach with organizations, community groups and other agencies to provide education on the topics of sexual violence, oppression and their prevention
  • Develop and implement relevant curricula, training materials, and presentation evaluation tools
  • Collaborate with Client Services team to develop and update volunteer training materials, manuals, handouts and brochures
  • Assist in organizing and facilitating volunteer trainings
  • Participate in relevant community and networking meetings
  • Negotiate all payments for professional trainings, including trade agreements
  • Represent MESA at the Elder Justice Coalition, Trans* Survivor Task Force, and Boulder County Trans* Health initiatives and participate in activities as required
  • Act as a key representative for MESA with the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Disabilities grant initiative and participate in activities as requested by the grant administrator
  • Understand and comply with mandatory reporting protocols for youth who disclose experiences of sexual violence
  • Create and coordinate community events for raising awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
  • Building and executing social media strategy around MESA’s mission
  • Develop and implement a model for sexual assault prevention/education utilizing social marketing techniques
  • Produce online educational content relative to MESA’s mission such as webinars, memos, videos
  • Generate and share social media content daily that builds meaningful connections between MESA and the community at large
  • Continuously stay abreast of all developments, narratives, and initiatives relevant to MESA’s mission
  • Promote and participate in MESA fundraising efforts and events
  • Solicit in-kind donations from local media/marketing outlets
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of messaging and events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).
  • Update and maintain MESA website
  • Provide presentations and trainings related to raising awareness about sexual assault and reducing its prevalence
  • Use social media platforms and web-based technology to provide sexual assault prevention education
  • Maintain an active MESA social media identity
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Skills & Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communication, Social Work, Education, or related field preferred.
  • Public speaking, training, or teaching experience required
  • Experience in social media marketing or as a digital media specialist preferred
  • Experience utilizing traditional and new media for public service messaging
  • Experience working within collaborations and building community partnerships desirable
  • Experience and knowledge in sexual assault issues preferred
  • Excellent presentation/training skills required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must have understanding of issues and dynamics of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and other forms of interpersonal violence
  • Knowledge of community resources desirable
  • Demonstrable social networking experience and social analytics tools knowledge
  • Adequate knowledge of web design, web development, conversion rate optimization and search engine optimization
  • Excellent consulting, writing, editing (photo/video/text), presentation and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Must be competent in working with people of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred

Working Environment:

  • May require some travel throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties
  • May include some exposure to people in acute distress or crisis
  • Occasional nights and weekends.

Click here to apply.

lucy Brand Clothing Fundraiser Sale Returns this Friday!

Lucy photofacebook-lucy-logo_400x400What: MESA’s lucy brand clothing sale

When: Friday, January 20th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (while supplies last)

Where: The MESA office located at 1333 Iris, Boulder, CO (Norton Rooms)


Come by MESA this Friday to shop for a cause! There is a GREAT selection of lucy active wear on hand that you don’t want to miss out on!


Yoga Pants, T-shirts, Long Sleeve Shirts, Shorts, Jackets, Tank Tops- you name it, we have it!

Credit card, cash, or check are accepted.

See you there!


For more information, please call 303-443-0400.

Thank you for supporting the 10th annual Brave Bold & Beautiful

Thank You!

Brave, Bold & Beautifulbbb-banner-for-social-media was a huge success and it is evident that our community is strong, resilient, and empowered to make a difference. We encourage you to take this momentum and apply your passion to no longer tolerate rape culture and sexual assault. Each of us can do our part to take a stand, whether that be through volunteering your time, speaking out against social injustice, or donating to fund programs like MESA that will fight on behalf of the community to eradicate  the presence of sexual violence.
Melissa Rumsey with Shiff Dance Collective

In the days to come, we look to the support of our community more than ever. Thank you to those who were able to donate and contribute to our mission at the 10th annual Brave, Bold & Beautiful. We simply could not thrive without your support. If you were unable to join us and would like to help make a difference, please consider a gift of a donation. Such donations go to fund our programming, including primary prevention education, in-person advocacy, and bilingual client services.

Thank you to the artists for collaborating and embracing our mission through your performances: Peter Garland, Andrew Sturtz, Alexis Cooley, Art as Action, Cooper Braun, Teresa Storch, and Schiff Dance Collective.


And lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to our community for joining us and coming together to stand in solidarity as we move to end sexual assault.
~The MESA Team
MESA staff: Martha Hawkinson, Amanda Brookman, Camilo Casas, Janine D’Anniballe, Gosia Pastusiak, Claire Cuthbert, Kelly Poirier


Yoga Workshop: Understanding the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Yoga

Yoga Workshop Flyer Spring 2016

Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is proud to share an opportunity to attend a yoga workshop focused on Understanding the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Yoga. This workshop is for yoga teachers, health-care providers, and therapists.

Join Dr. Janine D’Anniballe as she offers a framework of psychological trauma and how traumatic stress manifests in the body and mind. You will learn about the latest research in the field of trauma studies and how yoga and mindfulness practices can be used to manage symptoms and facilitate healing. This training is for yoga teachers who want to gain knowledge and skills to teach students in a trauma-informed way, and mental health professionals, and health providers who would like to integrate some of the tools of yoga into their work to support clients in their growth and transformation. The workshop will include lecture, discussion, and yoga practice.

Janine D’Anniballe, PhD, RYT is the Director of Community Services and Trauma-Informed Care at Mental Health Partners. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert who specializes in the areas of neurobiology of trauma, vicarious trauma and treatment for survivors. She is also a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) accredited through Yoga Alliance.

When: Saturday, January 7th
Session 1: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *Open to the public
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. *This afternoon session is practical experience specifically for Yoga Teachers to apply to their public and private classes.
Where: Soul Tree – Simpson Studio, 422 East Simpson Street, Lafayette, CO 80226

Workshop Fee: $50/session OR $90 for both *A portion of proceeds directly benefits programs and services of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)

To register, please visit:

Announcing Boulder artists for MESA’s 10th annual Brave, Bold & Beautiful

On November 10th, 2016 join us at the Dairy Arts Center as we celebrate our community’s progress in changing rape culture through the expression of local artists. All proceeds from this event will benefit MESA’s services, prevention education and community outreach initiatives.
Introducing our artist line-up for the 10th annual Brave, Bold and Beautiful sponsored by Flatirons Subaru:
Cooper, a local story-teller from Stories with Spirit is committed to bringing traditional live storytelling into the new millennium. He will be reciting a tale that touches on hardships, empowerment, transformation and learning to love one self.
Art as Action (AaA) is a collective of Artivists, which AaA defines as champions and ambassadors of the communal, universal, healing language of art. The collective has been part of the Colorado arts community since 2002. Their mission is to create arenas for discovering, inventing and experiencing collaborative art in a dynamic community.
The Schiff Dance Collective based out of Boulder, CO is a contemporary dance company with a commitment to inspire and enlighten the public through the beauty of dance; while upholding the foundation, artistry, and heritage of this powerful movement art.
The Schiff Dance Collective will be performing pieces that speak to transformation, strength, and empowerment.
Teresa is an international live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power. Her soulful,Americana songwriting balances on the fence between folk and jazz, drawing comparisons to Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin. She has recorded 3 studio albums, 2 live albums and toured nationally for 12 years, bringing her songs to theaters, clubs, coffeehouses, and living rooms.
Support the cause and join us at Brave, Bold & Beautiful 2016!

The Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
$30 General Admission
$25 Student (must show valid ID)
$25 Children 12 and Under

Younger sex offenders get lighter sentences in Denver area

Sentencing for sexual assault offenders has recently been a much talked about topic.

9news took a look at cases in Colorado and found that younger offenders were “less likely to serve prison sentences and when they did – the sentence lengths were much shorter for the same class of felony conviction in a sex assault case.”

Hear what MESA’s Director of Trauma Services, Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, has to say.

Younger sex offenders get lighter sentences in Denver area