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A former pro football player, who says he wrestled with his own identity after spending years in the hyper-masculine world of the National Football League, visits Aspen Monday to talk with students and their parents about healthy relationships. Derek McCoy says these conversations can help end dating violence. 


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Four local survivors of domestic and sexual abuse take the stage at the Wheeler Thursday to share their stories. 

Shannon Meyer is the executive director of RESPONSE, which advocates for survivors of gender-based violence and hosts the annual event. She says the participants find it empowering to take the stage, and the stories can raise awareness of just how common abuse really is. 

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It’s been just over a year since the #MeToo movement exploded. RESPONSE, a Roaring Fork Valley organization working to end sexual abuse, is marking the occasion, as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with a storytelling event called "My Response" at the Wheeler Thursday night. They're hoping stories of survival might create a ripple effect that statistics can’t.


SkiCo donates to local mental health initiatives

Nov 23, 2017
Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company's brand-new philanthropic venture, the Caring for Community Fund, awarded $35,000 to 10 local organizations this week. Many of its recipients work throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to provide mental health services.

Cross Currents-Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Apr 27, 2017

On this week's Cross Currents, we talk about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is April.

Valley Roundup 5-13-16

May 13, 2016

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

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Local law enforcement agencies are hoping to simplify the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday (10/20) Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt police joined the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in creating the Valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response referral system.

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Snowmass Village Police continue to investigate a report last week of a sexual assault. A woman walking home from a friend’s house was reportedly attacked. The investigation is ongoing but few details are emerging. Law enforcement says such a sensitive crime needs a certain level of privacy, especially in a small town. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Reporter: "The occurrence of sexual assault crimes like this, how common is it that your department handles such cases?"

Chief Brian Olson: "Looking back at statistics, we investigate two cases a year."

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On February 10th, law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call at a residence near Parachute. They discovered a woman whose face was bloodied from being struck repeatedly. Later, the suspect - her husband - was shot to death by authorities after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The fatal incident was one of two in Garfield County in February, where domestic violence played a role. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the problem of domestic violence is growing in parts of our region.


Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department is launching a new website Monday meant to help with domestic violence. The site is called stopfightingithurts.com. It was designed to educate the community about the problem, and how it impacts children. Health and Human Services Director Nan Sundeen says it’s meant for neighbors, family and partners in relationship.

Logan Hood is the Executive Director of RESPONSE. She says sexual assault and domestic violence is far  too common - even in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hood discusses issues in the valley, challenges the organization faces, and how communities can rally together for no-tolerance. 

Learn more about RESPONSE at www.ResponseHelps.org, or call the 24-hour support and crisis hotline at 925-SAFE. 


The problem of domestic violence is being talked about nationally after footage of abuse by an NFL player went public earlier this week. And,  the National Domestic Violence Hotline reportedly has seen a spike in calls.