The MESA Podcast

Sex: By Invitation Only

Produced 100% by MESA, the podcast Sex: By Invitation Only is an educational and advocacy tool to inform listeners about issues related to sexual violence. Podcasting is a captivating way to keep sexual violence in the spotlight as we continue working to end this epidemic crime.

Episodes 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 Google Podcasts to hear these dynamic stories and more.

Episode List:

  1. 2019 Trailer 1/30/19
    • Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) is excited to bring you this new Podcast.
  2. Word on the Street 2/1/19
    • This week we introduce our listeners to MESA and then hit the streets of Boulder County to hear public opinion on whether it’s a scary time for men.
  3. The (Re)Evolution of Man 2/13/19
    • This week we speak with three men all dedicated to ending interpersonal violence. They provide their opinions on masculinity and whether it’s a scary time for men.
  4. You’re Going to Ruin His Life 3/8/19
    • We review some of the high-profile cases over the past couple of years and look at what consequences, if any, perpetrators have faced. We then hear from one of our MESA advocates who shares her story of sexual assault and demonstrates her resilience.
  5. What About the Church? 3/25/19
    • This week we turn our attention to the Catholic Church and speak with a survivor of priest sexual abuse. We hear his opinion on whether it’s a scary time for men and also hear about his quest for justice.
  6. Let’s Talk About Prevention 4/10/19
    • We hear about some prevention programs in Colorado as we continue to move to end sexual assault and the suffering it causes in our community.
  7. The Body is a Resource 4/26/19
    • As we come to the end of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), we wanted to highlight some local Boulder County initiatives that assist survivors of sexual assault in their healing journeys. Today we explore the benefits of trauma-informed yoga.
  8. Wild at Heart 6/3/19
    • We explore equine therapy when we go on location in Longmont, CO with Jackie Ashley, a psychotherapist who runs equine therapy groups for women-identifying survivors of sexual trauma.
  9. Who’s Really to Blame? 7/30/19
    • We discuss the topic of victim blaming. If we want to continue to turn the tide on sexual assault, then we have to start believing people who come forward with allegations. We need to normalize survivors’ behavior prior to and following sexual assault.
  10. Special Episode: Moving Beyond Trauma 10/4/19
    • In this special episode we focus on MESA’s sister program Moving Beyond Trauma (MBT), a trauma-treatment Center of Excellence, and a program of Mental Health Partners. Director Dr. Janine D’Anniballe speaks with two MBT therapists about trauma-focused therapy and it’s benefits for adults, children and families.
  11. 2021 Trailer 1/4/21
    • We’re back! Listen to the trailer hear what to expect in 2021.
  12. What COVID Can Teach Us About Consent 1/8/21
    • We discuss the ways we ask for consent in the time of COVID (keeping distance, wearing masks, etc.) and how these skills can be translated into asking for consent and respecting boundaries in sexual relationships.
  13. Let’s Talk About Boundaries 2/5/21
    • We are joined by our colleague, Natalie Henderson, one of Moving to End Sexual Assault’s Prevention Education Specialists. We discuss how we learn about boundaries, how we set boundaries and how we accept boundaries.
  14. Sex Positivity 3/9/21
    • We discuss the topic of sex positivity with Josie Nixon, Development Coordinator for Out Boulder County.
  15. Sexual Assault Awareness Month 4/2/21
    • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)! We talk about the history of SAAM and Denim Day and why Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) staff feel this month is so important.
  16. The Role of Sports in Ending Sexual Violence 5/7/21
    • We speak with David Lee, Prevention Director at RALIANCE, to discuss how sports can contribute to ending sexual violence.
  17. Providing Youth with Sexual Violence Prevention Education 7/12/21
    • We talk with Jordan Goto, the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Boulder Valley School District. We discuss the sexual violence prevention education that has been implemented in middle and high schools over the past semester.
  18. MESA is turning 50! 2/10/22
    • We speak with MESA’s Director, Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, about the achievements and challenges of MESA’s first 50 years.