These tips are intended to reduce your risk of sexual assault and to increase your awareness about high-risk situations. Please be aware that there is no guaranteed way to protect against sexual assault or to predict all possible situations.
The primary responsibility for any sexual assault rests with the offender and not the victim. Unfortunately, you can take all reasonable measures to reduce your risk and still be assaulted. To mitigate your risks, follow these tips:
Many societal myths continue to support the act of rape. The most common myths (or sociocultural misconceptions) about rape are:
- 1 in 150 women and 1 in 830 men in Colorado had experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in the past 12 months;
- Approximately 16% of these assaults were reported to police;
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men in Colorado had experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime.
Do not harass the offender. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the changes of future victimization of persons by this offender. The information presented through this notification should assist you and your family in avoiding situations that allow easy victimization. Initiating contact with the Sexually Violent Predator can increase the risk of you or your family being victimized or may drive the offender underground, placing others at greater risk.
Most convicted sex offenders in Colorado are subject to the supervision of a criminal justice agency, either probation, parole or community corrections. In Colorado, the system used to manage sex offenders who are placed in the community is called the Containment Approach. In order to best protect the public, sex offenders are never managed by an individual person, rather they are managed by community supervision teams, consisting of supervising criminal justice officers (probation, parole officer or community corrections), polygraph examiners and treatment providers. Supervision officers set conditions for the offender, monitor their behavior and can impose sanctions for infractions. Treatment providers gather information about the offender, assist with monitoring and administer a long-term comprehensive set of planned therapeutic interventions designed to change sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors. The polygraph examiner assist in gathering a full and accurate history of the offender’s behavior and monitors current compliance with conditions and risk behaviors.
Colorado law requires community notification regarding the release of a sex offender who is determined to be a sexually violent predator. To find out about registered sex offenders in your area, visit our Registered Sex Offenders page.
If you have information about suspects, or wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).