TESSA IN THE NEWS
AUG 8 2019
‘We hope it changes the culture’: D-2 pilots new teen dating violence curriculum
As students get ready to head back to class on Thursday, teachers in Harrison School District 2 are preparing to pilot a new program.
In partnership with TESSA, a group that provides resources for victims of domestic violence, D-2 will be teaching middle and high schoolers about teen dating violence.
July 12 2019
Why does Colorado Springs have more domestic violence calls than Denver?
Every single day in Colorado Springs, police respond to an average of about 40 domestic violence calls. We’re told that number is much higher than Denver’s.
Courtney Sutton, the safety and support manager with TESSA, says there’s a lot of reasons why Colorado Springs police are getting about 40 calls a day related to domestic violence.
“I think our culture has a lot to do with it. Domestic violence is about entitlement, it’s about power and control and thinking you can have control over your partner,” says Sutton.
July 11 2019
Ormao Dance Company and TESSA partner with New York dance group for anti-bullying program
Ormao Dance Company in partnership with TESSA, a local organization focused on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, will provide an in-school dance assembly program that is based on Gibney Dance Company’s Hands are for Holding program. Gibney Dance Company, based in New York City, has worked with survivors of intimate partner violence for decades, but in 2003 they turned their sights not only to healing trauma, but to preventing that trauma from happening in the first place.
June 26 2019
Stories from victims of domestic violence
They used to stand outside the Pioneers Museum every year.
Solemn red cutouts shaped like human beings, each with a sign hung around their neck telling a story. Each one representing a person lost to domestic violence.
June 16 2019
Fifth Annual Triple T’s Party
Wear your Tiara, enjoy a special Womans Club (mar)Tini, and bring a box of Tampons (or other feminine hygiene product) as part of your entry fee! This is our annual feminine hygiene products drive which benefits several local non-profits who provide services dedicated to women.
Did you know that feminine hygiene products cannot be purchased with food stamps?
May 30 2019
Voices and Views on the TESSA “It’s Not OK” Campaign
On Voices and Views on KCMJ, Judith interviews SherryLynn Boyles, TESSA Executive Director about TESSA’s new “It’s Not OK” Campaign.
It’s Not Okay Campaign Launch: “Everyone tends to focus on the victims,” says TESSA Executive Director SherryLynn Boyles. “People want to know ‘why don’t they leave?’ when we need to be asking ‘how can we stop the violence from ever happening?” “We are starting with a campaign that shifts that focus and says it’s never okay for someone to be abusive.”
It’s Okay to Ask for Help. Call for help at: 855-978-2638 for information about services that can help you if you are experiencing or witnessing violence, or if you’re using violence and want to change your own behavior. It is okay to ask for help
May 29 2019
Meet the grantees
The Transforming Safety initiative in 2018 awarded about $1.5 million worth of grants to nonprofit organizations, government entities and schools doing work in, for and with the residents of Southeast Colorado Springs.
The recipients were chosen by a community selection committee and are using the funds to help stem the prison pipeline by stopping crime before it starts. The Southeast Express reached out to all 21 grantees for more information about the projects. Not every organization answered every question; however, here’s what we learned.
May 23 2019
The Extra with Renae Roberts
There are high rates of domestic and sexual violence plaguing the Pikes Peak region. TESSA Executive Director, SherryLynn Boyles, talks about the numbers, the different types of domestic violence, a new public awareness campaign called ‘IT’s NOT OKAY’, and a lot more.
May 23 2019
Take a stand against relationship and sexual violence
We talked with Rica Molet, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at TESSA about their new campaign launch and how to get in touch with them if you are using abusive behaviors or being abused.
May 23 2019
New domestic violence campaign aims to help abusers change
Mayor Suthers, the 4th Judicial District Attorney and family members of domestic violence murder victims joined TESSA in announcing the campaign Wednesday.
“It was not something that we realized was happening and then we learned a lot through the process of going to trial in the district attorneys and investigators and domestic violence experts we learned so much about how important stuff is to pay attention to,” Jerrica Bickford told 11 News. Her sister, Jaclyn Funderburg was killed by her ex-boyfriend and father of her child back in 2007. Funderburg’s ex, Salvator Esquivel-Castillo assaulted her just a few weeks before she was murdered.
May 22 2019
11 News in the Morning Segment
11 News Morning Anchors interview SherryLynn Boyles, Executive Director, on the morning of the “It’s Not Okay” Campaign launch and discuss more in detail what the campaign is about and how the community will be impacted.
May 22 2019
TESSA launches “It’s Not Okay” Public Awareness Campaign
“Nationally, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. Folks, that is simply unacceptable,” Springs Mayor John Suthers.
March 8 2019
Darryl Glenn joins TESSA of Colorado Springs as Chief Development Officer
Former El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn has been hired by a local nonprofit that serves domestic violence survivors.
FEb 27 2019
Safety grant helping outreach efforts to prevent incarceration
The Transforming Safety Grant wants to prevent folks from ending up behind bars.
At Tuesday’s city council meeting, the City of Colorado Springs shared a proclamation to celebrate the project’s success.
FEb 22 2019
TESSA in the Community
Courtney Sutton, Safety and Support Manager at TESSA, talks to Mike Lewis, on KRDO News Radio about TESSA in the community
Jan 4 2019
Violence Against Women Act lapses during shutdown, imperiling help for victims
The year 2018 was known for the #MeToo movement in which victims across the country rose up against sexual assault and harassment — ending careers for several powerful men implicated in the crimes — and encouraged others to follow suit.
DEC 20 2018
How to talk to domestic violence victims about abuse
Domestic violence thrives in the shadows of secrecy, making it difficult to talk to victims who may try to hide the abuse out of shame or fear. But experts in El Paso County and the Colorado Springs area say there are ways to approach the conversation if you suspect someone you love is being abused.
DEC 20 2018
5 mental health tips for the holidays
But the holidays can come with unique mental health challenges.
DEC 20 2018
Domestic violence in El Paso County: Leaders, advocates say small steps can equal big change | Part 4 of 4
Domestic Violence experts discuss a number of ways to help end abuse in Colorado Springs, but argue it will taken cooperation from the entire community to achieve. “Our community has stepped up to do that,” one official said.
DEC 19 2018
Domestic violence in El Paso County: Are offenders capable of change? One man’s transformation | Part 3 of 4
Three years ago this month, Geoff was just starting El Paso County’s Domestic Violence Court program after a 65-day stay in jail for violating terms of a permanent protection order.
DEC 18 2018
Domestic violence in El Paso County: It’s difficult to win protection orders against abuse | Part 2 of 4
El Paso County has the second highest number of domestic violence cases in the state, with 40 domestic violence homicides in the last five years, yet it’s one of the hardest counties in which to win protection orders to guard against that abuse, according to experts and records.
DEC 17 2018
Domestic violence in El Paso County: Records show we’re among worst in Colorado | Part 1 of 4
Editor’s note: This is part 1 of a 4-part Shattered Lives series on domestic violence in El Paso County.
NOV 23 2018
TESSA helping women, children
Women dealing with domestic and sexual violence and its repercussions turn to TESSA for assistance every day. This can be through the organization’s 32-bed safe house, victim advocacy, counseling, a 24/7 hotline, children’s programs and community outreach/education.
Oct 24 2018
Colorado Springs Health Foundation looks to prevent abuse with local grants
The Colorado Springs Health Foundation will award almost $600,000 in grants to nine organizations in El Paso and Teller counties working to prevent child abuse and support victims.
Oct 14 2018
AROUND TOWN: TESSA’s domestic violence/sexual assault prevention shares #MeToo spotlight
The impact of the #MeToo movement and the women openly speaking out was fresh on the minds of nearly 700 people at TESSA’s Sept. 15 Gala, “The Encore.”
Oct 5 2018
EDITORIAL: Let’s focus on ending domestic violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Perhaps one of the most heinous life’s potential crises is finding oneself living with an abuser in a relationship that is supposed to be about love.
Oct 4 2018
TESSA announces merger with Women’s Resource Center
Colorado Springs nonprofit TESSA has merged with the Women’s Resource Agency, combining services to women and their children who are victims of sexual and family violence.
Sep 27 2018
Kavanaugh hearing prompts questions on sex abuse reporting laws
“Not everybody is ready to make that decision at that point, especially. This is something that’s very traumatic that happens to you,” said Courtney Sutton, safety and support manager at Tessa.
Sep 26 2018
Sexual assaults reporting in Colorado Springs may not be higher after #MeToo movement
In 2014, the latest nationwide numbers say nearly 30,000 women have reported being victim to sexual assault or harassment.
Sep 18 2018
TESSA ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION
OF WOMEN’S RESOURCE AGENCY
Two of the most prominent nonprofit organizations that are focused on our area’s most vulnerable residents are combining forces to strengthen and broaden their mission and impact on the local community. TESSA and Women’s Resource Agency have confirmed their strategic initiative to begin integrating overall services starting immediately as a staged effort, with TESSA as the acquiring entity.
AUG 28 2018
TESSA Empowers Individuals Struggling with Abuse
Living Local on Fox21 News
TESSA of Colorado Springs focuses on empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. For more information about everything TESSA of Colorado Springs provides, visit tessacs.org. Watch the video of Executive Director, SherryLynn Boyles by click on the button below