MESA in the Media

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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.”

March 26, 2021

As Mass Shootings And Pandemic Collide In Colorado, Mental Health Experts Urge Connection Now More Than Ever

The phones at Colorado Crisis Services rang nonstop the day after 10 people were killed in a mass shooting at a King Soopers in Boulder.

The attack traumatized Boulder and rippled out to the rest of the state and country… Those emotions, heavy on their own, are compounded by other major events affecting the daily lives of Coloradans, said Janine D’Anniballe, the director of trauma services at Mental Health Partners, which serves Boulder.

“We’ve had the pandemic … then we’ve had wildfires, then we’ve had other mass shootings,” D’Anniballe said, referring to the shooting spree at Atlanta massage parlors on March 16. “You start layering these events on events on events,” she said. “There’s only so much people can take before we’re challenged to be resilient in the face of so much stress coming at us.”

March 25, 2021

‘No quick fix’: Coping with the trauma of Monday’s shooting will take time, experts say

There is no wrong way to feel while grieving and coping with the trauma experienced Monday, according to local mental health professionals.

Some might feel anxious or fearful; others might feel physically ill or numb and emotionless. All are valid responses when dealing with a shock trauma, which is what the larger Boulder community experienced earlier this week when a gunman entered the south Boulder King Soopers and killed 10 people.

“It was a rattling and intense and overwhelming experience,” Janine D’Anniballe said Thursday in a virtual conversation hosted by Mental Health Partners.

January 22, 2021

Morning Magazine on KGNU interviews MESA podcast host, Lindsey Breslin

After a hiatus due to COVID-19 interruptions, a local podcast called Sex: By Invitation Only relaunched this month. The podcast is a product of Moving to End Sexual Assault or the MESA program, the sexual violence resource center for Boulder County. Lindsey Breslin, MESA’s Program Supervisor, originated the podcast, “I think sexual violence is a topic that people shy away from and we want to let people know that while it’s a difficult topic we are trying to present it in a digestible and interesting way so it’s something people can engage with.” (scroll forward to 17:18 for the interview).

January 14, 2021

A new path for healing: MESA launches third season of ‘Sex: By Invitation Only’ podcast

This month, Boulder’s MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault) program is bringing back its podcast Sex: By Invitation Only, cohosted by Lindsey Breslin and Caroline Harris — and don’t expect these women to shy away from tough subject matter. This season promises to be different from the last two in a few ways. First, of course, is the write-in option, allowing the cohosts to better interact with their listeners, but they also pledge to end each segment with current local and national stories to help keep people informed and educated, as well as tying in content from MESA’s blog, “tackling hard-hitting topics like oppression and masculinity,” Harris says.

October 13, 2020

Morning Magazine on KGNU interviews Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, Director of MESA

Check out Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, MESA’s Director, on KGNU’s Morning Magazine. She discusses how recent cuts in funding have impacted MESA’s prevention programming, and the importance of community support at this time (scroll forward to 14:22).

September 8, 2020

One year after a star quarterback’s arrest, plans stall for expanded sexual violence education in Boulder Valley School District

Beatriz Sanchez and Sophie Dellinger are Fairview High School graduates who are trying to push the Boulder Valley School District into reforming its approach to sexual harassment and assault, and are trying to raise awareness about what they say is a problematic culture in the high school. They’ve launched a website for BVSD survivors of sexual assault and have pushed district administrators to implement district wide training, which has stalled.

MESA’s Podcast, Sex: By Invitation Only

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.

Welcome to Episode 5 of “Sex: By Invitation Only.”

This week our hosts Caroline Harris and Lindsey Breslin speak with David Lee, Prevention Director at RALIANCE, to discuss how sports can contribute to ending sexual violence. If you are a Boulder County listener and want to learn more about our prevention programs, Coaching Boys Into Men and Athletes as Leaders, email us at [email protected]

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