By Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General & CCASA Guest Blogger
As Colorado’s 38th attorney general, and second woman attorney general, I appreciate having this forum to address you. If you are reading this, you are aware that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. What you may not know is that preventing sexual assaults, protecting victims, and prosecuting those who commit sex assault crimes, is one of my key initiatives as the state’s top law enforcement officer. I am looking for my office to help close gaps in the law, elevate the public dialogue, and help the service providers.
I am acutely aware of just how important the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (CCASA) work is, and I applaud your mission of promoting safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Did you know that within the Attorney General’s Office, we are proud to have a Victims Services Unit? Our coordinator Judy Page, current CCASA member and former CCASA board member, lends her expertise to prosecutors and investigators and others within the office. She is a pillar in Colorado’s victim services community and serves as a liaison to connect my office with the statewide network of victim-centric organizations. Judy also lends her expertise to our office’s employees who are dealing with domestic and sexual violence issues in their personal lives. Our office employees look forward to donning their jeans on April 29th in support of Colorado Denim Day! Thank you for all you do.
Cynthia H. Coffman