Denver Continues Raising Awareness of Sexual Assault

Published on April 25, 2021

Start by Getting Consent Social Media Campaign Launching

DENVER – April 25, 2021 – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to bring awareness to the dangers of sexual assault and the resources and support available for survivors. In an effort to stop sexual assaults from occurring, the Denver Police Department, Denver District Attorney’s Office, Sexual Assault Interagency Council, Denver Health, and The Blue Bench announce that new this year, they are educating the community on what sexual assault is and how important consent is.

While believing survivors of sexual assault is important, it is also vital that members of the community understand what sexual assault is and that they “Start by Getting Consent”, which is the name of the sexual assault campaign created by the Denver Police Department. Beginning Sunday, April 25, 2021, and throughout the week, Denver Police will share social media messages of what consent is, consequences of committing sexual assault, and more.

Sexual assault can include forced intercourse or penetration with any object, sexual touching, fondling or groping, and observation or photography for sexual gratification without the other person's consent. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), “every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child.” Additionally, 80% of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone known to the victim – this may be an acquaintance or family member.

If someone is a victim of sexual assault, they can use any of the following resources for receiving assistance, in addition to calling or texting 911 for emergencies or 720-913-2000 for non-emergencies.

Resources for victims, survivors, information seekers: