Vail Valley Voices: Sexual abuse is too prevelant |

Vail Valley Voices: Sexual abuse is too prevelant

Dr. Casey Wolfington
Vail, CO, Colorado

April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Bright Future Foundation, incorporated in 1984 as the Women’s Resource Center, provides a variety of services targeting victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and dating violence throughout Eagle County.

Programs include a 24-7 crisis hotline, a safe house, a transitional housing program, counseling, case management services, legal services, legal advocacy, youth mentoring and preventive education.

Our services are available to all individuals, children and families affected by abuse. We hope that increased community awareness will subsequently lead to increased prevention and decreased rates of assault.

Community collaboration is vital to enhance community response to violent crimes, increase prevention against these crimes and, ultimately, decrease the occurrence of these crimes.

For any further information, including questions about our services, please contact our office at 970-949-7097. We also operate a 24-hour crisis hotline with advocates available in English and Spanish for crisis intervention at 970-949-7086. All crisis-hotline calls are confidential.

Sexual assault is prevalent. In Colorado, one in four women and one in 17 men have been victims of attempted or completed sexual assault.

Sexual assault is significantly underreported. It is estimated that approximately 16 percent of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement.

Strangers are not always the problem. According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, 85 percent of incarcerated sex offenders knew the person they victimized. Approximately 1.5 million women and 834,700 men are raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. (National Violence Against Women Survey, “Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women,” November 1998)

Children are at risk ” 29 percent of rape victims are under 11 years old, 32 percent of rape victims are between 11 and 17 years old, and 22 percent of rape victims are between 18 and 24 years old. (Rape in America: A Report to the Nation, National Victim Center, April 23, 1992)

Rape can happen when you are married. National estimates suggest that one in seven women have been raped by their husbands.

Dr. Casey Wolfington received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. In addition to her work at the Bright Future Foundation, she also sees clients through her private practice, Blue Sky Integrated Health LLC. She can be reached at 970-763-7205.

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