DENVER (KDVR) — The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network said every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted.
According to RAINN, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
“Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress, even today, only 25 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison,” RAINN said.
If you are in immediate danger, contact 911 immediately.
“After sexual assault, it’s hard to know how to react. You may be physically hurt, emotionally drained, or unsure what to do next. You may be considering working with the criminal justice system, but are unsure of where to start. Learning more about what steps you can take following sexual violence can help ground you in a difficult time,” RAINN said.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
The National Sexual Assault Hotline has a variety of ways to help you. Whether you are looking for support, advice, information or a referral, the hotline can help you.
- Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Chat: Trained specialist can chat with you online
- Mobile app
- Chatbot: Iris can help with resources, referrals, and information
The hotline says it will do the following:
- Confidential support from a trained support specialist
- Someone to help you talk through what happened
- Resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
- Referrals for long term support in your area
- Information about the laws and resources in your community
There are 24 local centers in Colorado for victims of sexual assault and abuse:
- Advocate Safehouse Project– Glenwood Springs- 970-945-4439 (Hotline)
- Advocates Against Domestic Assault– Trinidad- 719-846-6665 (Hotline)
- Advocates For A Violence Free Community– Hot Sulphur Springs- 970-725-3412 (Hotline)
- Advocates of Routt County– Steamboat Springs- 970-879-8888 (Hotline)
- Arkansas Valley Resource Center– La Junta- 719-384-7764 (Hotline)
- A.S.A.P. (Assault Survivors Advocacy Program)-Greeley- 970-351-4040 (Hotline)
- Bright Future Foundation for Eagle County– Avon- 970-949-7086 (Hotline)
- Domestic Safety Resource Center– Lamar- 719-336-4357 (Hotline)
- Family Crisis Services– Canon City- 719-275-2429 (Hotline)
- Hilltop Family Resource Center– Montrose- 970-249-2486 (Hotline)
- Latimer House– Grand Junction- 970-241-6704 (Hotline)
- MESA—Moving to End Sexual Assault– Lafayette- 303-443-7300 (Hotline)
- Open Heart Advocates– Craig- 970-824-2400 (Hotline)
- Pueblo Rape Crisis Services– Pueblo- 719-549-0549 (Hotline)
- RENEW, Inc.– Cortez- 970-565-2100 (Hotline)
- Response: Help for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault– Aspen- 970-925-7233 (Hotline)
- San Miguel Resource Center– Telluride- 970-728-5660 (Hotline)
- Sexual Assault Response Advocates– Fort Morgan- 970-867-2121 (Hotline)
- Sexual Assault Services Organization– Durango- 970-247-5400 (Hotline)
- Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center– Fort Collins- 970-472-4200 (Hotline)
- TESSA– Colorado Springs- 719-633-3819 (Hotline)
- The Blue Bench– Denver- 303-322-7273 (English) 303-329-0031 (Spanish) (Hotline)
- Tu Casa Inc.– Alamosa- 719-589-2465 (Hotline)
- Women and Gender Advocacy Center– Fort Collins- 970-492-4242 (Hotline)
Consent laws in Colorado
Here are the consent laws in Colorado, according to RAINN:
- “Consent” means cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to an exercise of free will and with knowledge of the nature of the act. Colorado Revised Statutes Annotated § 18-3-401(1.5).
- A current or previous relationship shall not be sufficient to constitute consent under the provisions of this part 4.
- Submission under the influence of fear shall not constitute consent.
- Age of consent: 17 years old, or 15 years old if the actor is less than four years older.
- Developmental disability and/or mental incapacity does not impact the victim’s ability to consent
- Unconsciousness falls within the definition of “physically helpless” and therefore the actor may be guilty of sexual assault and/or unlawful sexual contact when the victim is unconscious and the actor knows the victim is unconscious and the victim has not consented.
- See more on consent laws here
RAINN said sexual violence is an all-encompassing, non-legal term that refers to crimes like sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse. Here is a resource to help you if you have been impacted by sexual violence.