What is Sexual Violence?

By |2024-04-04T13:17:37-04:00April 4th, 2024|

Sexual violence is sexual activity when consent is not obtained or freely given. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is a serious public health issue in the U.S. that impacts survivors' lifelong health, opportunity, and well-being. Sexual violence is a widespread crime suffered worldwide by individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, [...]

Intersectionality and Survivorship

By |2024-04-04T13:37:01-04:00August 18th, 2022|

As summer comes to a close, we have many awareness months and days to reflect on. Pride Month, Mental Health Liberation Month, National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and many more. We must consider the intersectionality of survivors and their identities, and how this impacts them moving through multiple systems, access [...]

Trauma Responses

By |2022-08-18T12:01:37-04:00August 18th, 2022|

When our body feels unsafe, our brain takes automatic steps to protect us. That reaction can vary from person to person, from time to time. Most of us have heard of the fight or flight response. Our adrenaline forces us to run from danger or fight against it, a natural survival tactic. However, these are [...]

The Intricacy of Firearms and Intimate Partner Violence

By |2022-06-16T10:39:10-04:00June 29th, 2022|

Violence has played a perpetual role in our society and civilization. Settler colonialism, the mass transportation and exploitation of enslaved individuals, and systematic oppression continue within today’s society, often unnoticed and unacknowledged. The violence that individuals face in their intimate partner relationships is paramount to the insistency of societal violence and lack of accountability for [...]

June is Pride Month!

By |2022-06-14T14:32:05-04:00June 14th, 2022|

Pride month is a time for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer community to be proud of who they are and tell the stories of those who brought us the freedom to be who we are. Historically, the LGBTQ community were forced to keep their identities private for fear of discrimination on a personal [...]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Comes to a Close

By |2022-04-30T20:39:27-04:00April 30th, 2022|

Where did the month go?! April is coming to an end and our Sexual Assault Awareness Month was filled with educational trainings, awareness events and important conversations. We want to thank everyone who participated in our events and supported us financially. We would love to keep up this momentum all year long! It is crucial [...]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By |2022-04-04T12:03:26-04:00April 4th, 2022|

Sexual Assault Awareness month is a time to recognize the prevalence and impacts of sexual violence in our society. Sexual violence continues to be one of the most underreported crimes in our community and impacts hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States as RAINN reports that every 68 seconds, another American [...]

Introducing Our New CEO, Teresa Stafford!

By |2022-02-10T13:10:14-05:00February 10th, 2022|

Friends of Hope & Healing,We’re delighted to report that the Board of Trustees of BWS/RCC has named Teresa Stafford as our next Chief Executive Officer. As a strategic leader with proven success in emergency response for survivors of intimate personal violence and sexual violence, Teresa will succeed Terri Heckman and assume responsibilities mid-March.We’re grateful to [...]


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