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September 11, 2022

Editorial: To prevent sexual assaults, we must change our culture

There is no comfortable way of talking about rape culture. But the fact of the matter is, that’s what needs to happen.

In the last three years, allegations of sexual assault in local schools have forced something of a reckoning — which, for many, was long overdue. Students, who are often burdened with the painful work of inciting societal change, have once again shown their bravery and come forward to report assaults and misconduct. They have raised their voices, they have walked out and they have demonstrated in order to force us — the adults and leaders and should-be role models of the larger Boulder community — to face the ugly reality that our culture propagates sexual assault.

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’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 our latest episode of “Sex: By Invitation Only.”

In this episode, Lindsey Breslin speaks with MESA’s Director, Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, about the achievements and challenges of MESA’s first 50 years.

Brave Bold and Beautiful

The evening's activities include a silent auction, an inspirational performance, and music by the Rebecca Folsom Band.
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All proceeds go to support our 24-hour hotline, prevention education, support groups and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence.

October 20th, 2022 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm
at Nissi's Entertainment and Events

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