1455 Dixon Ave. Suite #210, Lafayette 80026
Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) has served the community since 1972 as the only sexual violence resource center serving Boulder County, Colorado.
MESA provides support and services to ALL survivors of sexual violence and does not discriminate against any person based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education, geographic location, age, ability, language, national origin, culture, immigration status, politics, profession, religious beliefs and/or spirituality.
We believe that every person has the right to live free of sexual assault.
We are moving to end sexual assault and the suffering it causes in our community.
We challenge all forms of oppression and recognize their connection to sexual violence.
What is Sexual Violence?
What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is intentional sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent.
Being intoxicated by drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for sexual misconduct in any form. It does not take away one’s responsibility to ask permission to touch someone.
What Can Sexual Violence Look Like?
Sexual violence can take many forms, some of which do not involve penetration. It can range from unwanted sexual contact over the clothes, like touching someone’s buttocks or fondling their breasts, to rape. Some forms of sexual violence do not even involve touch, such as peeping, stalking, and flashing.
Failure to stop sexual activity when someone asks for the behavior to stop is sexual assault.
MESA can walk with you step by step through your healing process.
An advocate is waiting for your call. Reach out today.
Text BRAVE to 20121
Case Management Report
In 2018, MESA conducted a survey of their case management clients to better understand the individuals they serve, identify gaps in services, and inform improvements to service delivery. MESA’s case management services include support with navigating criminal and legal processes, as well as referrals to other resources, such as mental health providers, food banks, and other essential supports. Click on the image of the report to read more.
Janine D’Anniballe, Director
Janine D’Anniballe, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in sexual assault and traumatic stress, and treatment for survivors. A native of Ohio, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Dr. D’Anniballe currently serves as the Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners in Lafayette, Colorado. She also has been the Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), the rape crisis center serving Boulder County, Colorado for the last 22 years.
Lindsey Breslin, Program Manager
Lindsey Breslin has over 20 years of experience in the social work field, providing direct service in the areas of gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-human trafficking, suicide prevention and crisis work. Lindsey is passionate about providing the best services possible to survivors of sexual violence and working towards ending sexual assault in our community.
Alex Potesta, Sexual Violence Prevention Educator
Alex Potesta received her MSW from the University of Denver and has served gender-based violence survivors at the community, state, and educational levels since 2015. Alex is passionate about cultivating communities of care, accountability, and pleasure. She brings the values of interconnectedness, responsible stewardship, and collective liberation to her work in supporting survivors and ending sexual violence.
Fievel the Facility Dog
Fievel received his advanced training from Canine Companions for Independence and is expertly trained to work in a professional setting. He knows over 40 commands that allow him to interact with clients and staff in a gentle and loving way. In his free time he enjoys long walks, being in his backyard chasing squirrels, and playing with his dog sister Roo and cat brother Yogi. Follow his work and play on his Instagram page: @fievelthefacilitydog