Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)

#BelieveSurvivors Press Release

#BelieveSurvivors Press Release

Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), a program of Mental Health Partners (MHP) and the rape crisis center for Boulder and Broomfield Counties, experienced a significant surge in call volume to their 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline during, and after, the…

The Spiral of Healing

The Spiral of Healing

Thanks to our guest blogger Natalie Ziemba for this entry. Healing takes time. There is no step-by-step prescription for how to recover after a traumatic event such as sexual violence. Everyone has a different experience of trauma, which means everyone…

A Second Look at #MeToo

A Second Look at #MeToo

Part call to action, part show of solidarity, the trending of #MeToo serves as a rallying cry to draw attention to the pervasiveness of sexual violence and sexual harassment. The hashtag not only calls attention to the widespread impact of…

Fievel the Facility Dog

Fievel the Facility Dog

At first glance, it might not look like I’m working very hard in this picture, but, boy is it hard to hang out with these friends without licking them the whole time! Giving kisses is my favorite way of showing…

Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

Thanks to our guest blogger Natalie Ziemba for this entry. Many people process through trauma by letting it out, often through writing, art, or some other creative medium. Many people also experience re-traumatization when reading something that reminds them of…

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Shame

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Shame

There are countless reasons why someone may not want to talk about an experience of sexual assault: it feels invasive to share intimate details about your life, uncertainty about whether unwanted sex counts as sexual assault, a desire to leave…

#MeToo vs. Oscars 2018: The Struggle Persists

#MeToo vs. Oscars 2018: The Struggle Persists

In the months since the #MeToo hashtag started trending on Twitter, the energy, support, and advocacy behind these words show promise of turning into a full-fledged movement with the possibility of leading to significant cultural change. There has been growing…