News Archive

May 1 2018

Voted “Most Memorable Gala”

TESSA’S 40 years Ruby Anniversary Gala- Voted “Most Memorable Gala”- Best of the Springs

Months after this gala, many of the 750 who attended were still brought to tears or lumps in the throat remembering parts of an unforgettable evening. TESSA’s work is, by its nature, heartbreaking as it empowers victims of domestic violence and continues work to slow sexual assault. This anniversary acknowledged 40 years of work and the dream for a less violent future…

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April 26 2018

Rape survivor fights back, encourages others to do the same

“I will never talk the same. I’ll never walk the same. Nothing’s ever going to be the same. But… I don’t want to lose faith,” Roxanne Blevins said.
She was divorced after two decades of marriage and decided to get back in the dating game. Like a lot of people she tried online dating.

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April 21 2018

Sexual assault victims receive a life sentence

Opinions of SherryLynn Boyles

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month — suggesting we should all be more aware of sexual assault. Not a bad idea in concept, but rape is hardly a topic people would like to spend their time thinking about when they’re not thinking about their jobs, families, and hobbies.

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Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine…

“names SherryLynn Boyles one of the Most Inspiring Women”

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FEB 2018

TESSA Project LIFT Update

“Originally, TESSA expected to serve approximately 125 clients over the course of the 20-month grant. Due to the increased confidence victims have with legal representation, 125 victims were assigned attorneys after only five months.”

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FEB 15

TESSA announces ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ Task Force

“On Wednesday, TESSA announced their new No Excuse for Abuse Task Force, aiming to stop domestic and sexual violence.”

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FEB 14

Colorado Springs nonprofit announces domestic and sexual violence task force

“Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will serve as honorary chairman of a task force dedicated to reducing domestic and sexual violence in the Pikes Peak region, the nonprofit TESSA announced Wednesday.”

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Oct 11

AROUND TOWN: TESSA’s 40-year anniversary helping domestic violence victims raises $225,000

“A Ruby Anniversary Gala crowd of 750 helped TESSA turn 40 at The Broadmoor, raising $225,000 toward its domestic-violence-prevention mission.”

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Jul 13

CFA Investigation: District attorney says domestic violence victims need more protection

“When it comes to protecting domestic violence victims, El Paso County is behind the rest of the state. Our local district attorney says we need to make a change.”

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Colorado Springs community leaders working to end culture of domestic violence

“Community leaders gathered Thursday to answer a question that plagues too many Colorado Springs families: How do we stop domestic violence?
Alarming figures were repeatedly recited – city police respond to up to 40 calls of domestic abuse daily; local domestic violence resource TESSA is called to aid about 10,000 victims in El Paso and Teller counties annually; one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.”

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July 6

TESSA hosts Champions of Change Summit, aims to prevent domestic violence & sexual assault

“Stopping domestic violence in our community is a huge task. So community leaders are meeting to figure out ways to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Colorado Springs. It’s being hosted by TESSA, a non-profit which works to help victims.”

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MAY 17

TESSA introduces new initiatives to provide legal help, housing for domestic violence survivors

“A local nonprofit organization is expanding its services to better help domestic violence victims escape their abusers.
TESSA, which serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence in El Paso and Teller counties, unveiled two new programs on Wednesday: one to put families displaced by domestic violence in new homes and another to hire lawyers to secure protective orders for victims who can’t afford legal help.”


MAY 17

TESSA celebrates 40th anniversary with debut of three new initiatives

“TESSA, an organization that provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday with three new initiatives. Mayor John Suthers joined County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, district attorney Dan May and others to make the announcements.”