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Calls to Denver sexual assault advocates spike in November

DENVER (KDVR) – Since October, The Blue Bench, a sexual assault victim advocacy group, says calls for support in Denver have spiked to unprecedented levels.

If you or someone you know survived a sexual assault, get help.

“Survivors and their loved ones can get support in a variety of ways. Most people start by calling our hotline,” said Blue Bench CEO Megan Carvajal.

According to Carvajal, calls to the Blue Bench hotline reached a record number last month.

“In November, we saw a 78% increase in our normal monthly call volume,” Carvajal said. That number amounts to a total of over 300 calls in November.

Demand for medical care at regional hospitals has also increased.

“We are seeing over 100 percent increase in the average number of requests,” Carvajal said. The increase has resulted in more than 50 calls for survivor assistance at area hospitals.

Holiday-related experiences are thought to be a possible cause.

“If it was around the holiday period or if they were around the people who were involved in that trauma, that labor emotion would be intense,” she said.

Carvajal adds that you can be the first to help someone in this situation: “Safely intervene, start the conversation so the victim can move out.”

Also, a reminder that if you’re going to help someone, don’t be afraid to get support yourself.

“When we have a family member or friend who has been sexually assaulted, we are going through trauma,” she said.

The high number of calls has resulted in a backlog of the therapeutic services that Blue Bench can provide.

“We are on a six to eight week waiting list,” Carvajal said. “That’s because the demand is higher than we’re prepared to handle.”

To donate or seek help for yourself or a loved one, contact Blue couch online.

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Emma Bowman

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