Sexual assault

Native American helpline increases sexual violence advocacy

StrongHearts Native Helpline launched an initiative to strengthen its sexual violence advocacy Monday to better support Native Americans nationwide. StrongHearts, a service created in 2017,...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango church youth leader arrested in connection with sexual assaults

A youth leader at the First Baptist Church of Durango has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple victims over the course of several years. The Durango Police Department arrested...

DATE: July 31, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Three Durango men arrested in online sex sting

Three local men were arrested this month after planning sexual contact with a fake 14-year-old persona created online by the Durango Police Department. The Durango Police Department for about a...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocate for Native American sexual assault victims earns national award

Kelsey Lansing, an employee at Sexual Assault Services Organization, started getting text after text Monday saying, “Congratulations!” “I’m like, ‘For what? I haven’t checked my email yet,’”...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Statute of limitations change may not help those already sexually abused

Colorado lawmakers plan to bring legislation this year that would give child sexual assault victims unlimited time to sue their abusers and the institutions that protect the predators. But for...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango man to be resentenced for 2017 sexual assault

A Durango man serving 10 years in prison for sexual assault involving a shotgun is renegotiating his plea agreement based on new evidence and a legal technicality that deemed his previous sentence...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Safe Sister takes on women’s self-defense in La Plata County

BAYFIELD – Women yell loudly as they deliver punches to pads held by instructors – shouts that include, “That’s my purse!” or “Back off!” or a series of expletives. The idea is to distract would-be...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Court may have violated rights of man charged with felony sex assault

A Colorado Supreme Court judge said this week La Plata County’s district court might have violated the rights of a 39-year-old man who has been charged with two felony counts of sexual assault....

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Rapist in Your Path,’ a global protest, comes to Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College students, faculty and staff gathered Wednesday near the campus clock tower to sing “Un Violador en tu Camino,” or “A Rapist in Your Path,” and participate in a global movement...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mistrial declared in child sex assault case

A mistrial was declared Thursday in the trial of a Pagosa Springs man suspected of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl last year in Bayfield. The trial for Rodney Keller, 53, began last week. ...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango sexual assault nonprofit plans Ignacio office

IGNACIO – Ignacio will get a new sexual assault resource office in December with funding help from the Town Board. The Town Board of Trustees approved a $1,700 funding request to help Durango’s...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Report: Former La Plata County priests among those guilty of abuse

Two Catholic priests who worked in Durango and Ignacio had histories of sexual abuse involving young boys that ran deeper than previously publicly known, according to a report released Wednesday...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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