Join the Survivor Task Force! Your Voice. Creating Change.
The Survivor Task Force (STF) is a collective of empowered Colorado survivors and their loved ones who share their perspectives with the goal of educating the public and ending the stigma of addressing sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. The task force seeks to promote healing and prevention of sexual violence within Colorado communities.
STF participation is open to anyone who identifies as a victim/survivor of sexual abuse/violence or as the partner or family member of a victim/survivor of sexual violence. Members are not required to publicly identify themselves as a survivor. Members each contribute to the Task Force in their own way. Please note that this is not a support group, and the STF is also unfortunately not an avenue to change the outcome of a specific case. STF members should be at a place in their healing processes where they have received supportive services and are able to positively contribute to the group’s mission.
Members of the STF participate in our mission to end sexual violence by assisting with projects:
- Reviewing CCASA brochures and materials
- Providing CCASA with feedback regarding programs and services
- Reviewing PSAs and other media efforts
- Giving media interviews
- Speaking to community groups
- Testifying at public hearings at the legislature
- Writing letters to the editor
- Free-thinking ideas for survivor outreach
Contact Jolene Cardenas, Director of Communications & Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Survivor Task Force Media Toolkit
Download the STF 2019 Media Toolkit (below) learn more about sharing your survivor story and how to center survivors when discussing sexual violence with the media and the general public.
“Your Voice, Your Choice: A Survivor Media Guide” from CounterQuo, available here.
“Speaking Out from Within: Speaking Publicly About Sexual Assault” from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), available here.
CCASA Survivor Task Force Accomplishments
- The CCASA Survivor Task Force was founded in the fall of 2010.
- Since its inception, the STF has been involved with organizing and speaking at the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Capitol Kick-off event.
- STF members helped write and revise the CCASA Survivor Handbook, which is a resource given to victims around the state.
- STF members provided testimony and helped successfully pass a 2011 bill to reauthorize the CO Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB).
- In the Summer of 2011, STF members participated in the first annual STF Dinner at the CO Advocacy in Action Conference in Vail.
- In November 2011, three STF members spoke on the “Zappolo’s People” show regarding prevention and effective intervention of sexual abuse.
- In November 2012, a STF member presented at the CO Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Education Day on considerations for male sexual assault survivors.
- In April 2012 & 2013, STF members presented on a Victim Advocacy Panel for the CO Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB), for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
- In 2012 & 2013, an STF member met with Senator Michael Bennet regarding the importance of his Co-Sponsorship of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and numerous STF members successfully contacted their members of Congress regarding the importance of VAWA’s Reauthorization. An STF member also participated in a Feb. 2013 interview with the Denver Post on the importance of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- In 2013 and 2014, STF members participated in the development, screening, and distribution of the Survivor Stories training video. Visit the CCASA publications page to learn more about Survivor Stories.
- In 2015, Survivor Task Force members participated in an educational survivor panel at Buckley Air Force Base, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).
- During the 2015 legislative session, Survivor Task Force members testified at legislative hearings and successfully passed Senate Bill 20: Colorado’s version of Erin’s Law.