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July 19, 2021
MESA hosts sexual violence prevention workshop for high school students, college freshmen
Moving to End Sexual Assault is hosting a sexual violence prevention workshop for high school students and incoming college freshmen Friday in Boulder.
The workshop will cover the same materiel as the sexual violence prevention lessons taught to Boulder Valley students last school year as part of the school district’s efforts to increase education around the topic, said MESA Director Janine D’Anniballe.
She said MESA wasn’t able to get to every high school and so wanted to create a makeup session for those who missed the lessons or were in different grades. She noted almost 10% of Colorado ninth graders report they had experienced sexual or dating violence in the past year, according to the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado survey.
Mental Health – COVID and another mass shooting
Dr. Janine D’Anniballe of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) and Mental Health Partners in Boulder County Colorado outlines the prevalence and needs of those suffering from sexual assault, abuse and collective trauma during the COVID pandemic. She discusses efforts being taken to support the King Soopers employees and the general community to cope after suffering from another mass shooting.
May 13, 2021
Boulder High students walk out in support of sexual violence survivors
Boulder High School students walked out of class Thursday morning in support of survivors of sexual violence.
At 9:07 a.m., in honor of the 97% of women who say they have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault, students left the classroom and gathered on a nearby soccer field to listen to speakers.
“We see you, we hear you, we believe you and we stand by you,” said Caroline Harris, a prevention education specialist at Boulder County’s Moving to End Sexual Assault.
Harris urged the students to help “shift our cultural norms” by having discussions about consent and boundaries.
Following the speakers, the students observed two minutes of silence for survivors before the walkout ended.
April 21, 2021
With Boulder Students As An Inspiration, Denver Students Push For Changes To How Schools Handle Sexual Misconduct
In the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, nearly 7 percent of students reported they’d been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they didn’t want to. Eight percent said they made sexual comments, jokes, gestures or looks at someone when they were unwanted. At a Boulder Valley School District school board presentation in January, Boulder County Public Health officials said they saw a 64 percent increase in emergency room visits for sexual violence by 10- to 17-year-old’s in 2019-2020.
Now the experiences of two young women in Boulder are fueling change in Denver.
In 2018 and 2019, two high-profile cases involving allegations of sexual assault by two high school athletes roiled the student bodies in Boulder. One involved a Fairview High School football quarterback.
“The case that got media attention was only scratching the surface of how bad the problem was,” said Sophie Dellinger, 19, a Fairview graduate.
April 9, 2021
Fairview students walk out in support of survivors of sexual violence
Students at Boulder’s Fairview High School walked out Friday to show support for survivors of sexual violence, two days after a former student was acquitted in a sex assault trial.
At 11 a.m. hundreds of students, most of them dressed in black to show solidarity with survivors, streamed out of the school and walked to the football field. There, they observed five minutes of silence in honor of survivors before several speakers, including Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, the director of Boulder’s Moving to End Sexual Assault.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and D’Anniballe said one challenge has always stood in the way of seeking justice for victims of sexual violence.
“That challenge rests in this fundamental issue of not believing survivors,” she said. “Here we are in 2021, facing that same challenge.”
MESA is using “Sex: By Invitation Only” as an education and advocacy tool to inform listeners about issues of sexual violence. Podcasting provides a captivating way to keep sexual violence in the spotlight as we continue working to end this epidemic crime.
Episodes will be released monthly and will cover a range of topics related to sexual violence, including embracing sexuality, navigating boundaries, understanding consent, and dismantling systems of oppression. Tune in on PodBean , iTunes, or GooglePlay the first Friday of every month to hear dynamic stories and more.