The Blue Bench

Putting an end to sexual assault through prevention and care

aka The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP)   |   Denver, CO   |


Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. This is our hope. This is what inspires our efforts. And until that day comes, our work is not complete. Mission Statement At The Blue Bench, our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.

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Executive Director

Megan Carvajal

Main address

PO Box 18951

Denver, CO 80218 USA

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Formerly known as

Rape Assistance and Awareness Program



NTEE code info

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Sexual Abuse, Prevention of (I73)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Blue Bench is dedicated to addressing the pervasive issue of sexual violence in Colorado. Shocking statistics reveal that 1 in 3 individuals in Colorado are affected by sexual violence, with a staggering 80% experiencing it before reaching the age of 25. These alarming figures underscore the urgent need for comprehensive support services for survivors and robust prevention efforts. Through our programs and initiatives, including a 24/7 hotline, hospital advocacy, therapy, prevention education, and more, we strive to bridge gaps in victim support, offer trauma-informed care, and create a safer community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Continuum of Care

From the earliest moments after sexual assault, through medical and legal logistics, to counseling for long-term emotional and functional health, The Blue Bench provides support every step of the way. Our Continuum of Care, led by our professional Care Team, allows victims, their families and friends to come to us and be heard, believed and supported, regardless when the sexual assault occurred. We help navigate the system, accompany and support survivors throughout the process. All of our survivor services are available to women, men and teens.

The goal of our programs and services is to help you establish a sense of empowerment, self-sufficiency and self-certainty through counseling and support

Population(s) Served

Sexual assault is a community issue that calls for a community response – through prevention and education, issue advocacy and a shift in how we think and talk about sexual violence.

We offer a Pathway to Prevention, a series of prevention and education programs that build and mature with the individual, from youth to adult. Each stage offers age-appropriate content and is designed to engage, empower and educate through social context.

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Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of lives touched per year.

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Hotline Calls: 1,549 Hospital Responses: 134 Case Management: 365 Individual Therapy: 261 Workshops/Group Therapy: 90 PCVA Individuals Supported: 229 Resource Line: 425 Prevention: 3,907

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary goal of The Blue Bench is to eliminate sexual violence and diminish its impact on individuals, their loved ones, and the community as a whole. Through comprehensive support services for survivors, robust prevention education initiatives, and advocacy efforts, we aim to create a safer and more supportive environment where sexual violence is eradicated, survivors are empowered, and communities are educated and engaged in prevention efforts.

The strategies employed by The Blue Bench to achieve its goals include providing comprehensive support services for survivors, such as a 24/7 hotline, hospital advocacy, therapy, and case management. Additionally, our organization conducts robust prevention education initiatives targeting youth, educators, and community members to raise awareness and empower individuals to recognize, prevent, and intervene in situations involving sexual violence. Collaborations with law enforcement, healthcare providers, schools, and other community partners are integral to our strategy, as well as advocacy efforts to address systemic issues and promote policy changes that support survivors and prevent sexual violence.

With our 40-year history of dedicated service, we at The Blue Bench stand as the sole survivor support center serving the Denver Metro area. Throughout our tenure, we have cultivated a wealth of expertise and experience in providing comprehensive support services to survivors and leading impactful prevention education initiatives. As the community's primary resource for survivor support, we continue to innovate and adapt to meet the evolving needs of survivors and the broader community, reinforcing our commitment to eliminating sexual violence and creating a safer, more supportive environment for all.

With over 40 years of dedicated service, we at The Blue Bench have achieved significant milestones in our mission to combat sexual violence and support survivors. In 2023, The Blue Bench achieved remarkable milestones in our mission! Our prevention education efforts reached 3,873 participants through 197 programs, empowering individuals with knowledge and skills to prevent sexual assault. We answered 785 calls on our Resource Line, offering immediate assistance and guidance to those in crisis. Our case management services provided critical support and advocacy in 365 instances, ensuring survivors received the comprehensive care they deserve. We facilitated 261 individual therapy sessions and group therapy for 59 individuals, fostering healing and resilience among survivors. Additionally, our Post Conviction Victim Advocacy program offered 229 services, representing survivors' voices in the legal system. Our annual art show, RISE, gave 32 survivors the ability to showcase their art and voices, fostering a supportive environment for discussions about sexual violence. The Blue Bench also received awards for media excellence and innovative practices, further highlighting our commitment to excellence in our work. These achievements reflect our dedication to empowering survivors, educating communities, and working towards the elimination of sexual violence.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


The Blue Bench

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The Blue Bench

Board of directors
as of 04/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karen Adkins

Philosophy Professor, Regis University

Term: 2023 - 2026

Brooke Smith

Founder & Principal Consultant - Brelis Consulting

Jeff Hentchel

Controller at BiggerPockets

Kevin Benard

Marci Eads

Managing Director - Health Management Associates

Alicia Bennett

Neurologist, Practice Partner

Joanna Heckman

VP- Sr Financial Consultant at Charles Schwab

David Thomas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2024

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