River Bridge Voices: Let the Words Fall Out

Welcome to River Bridge Regional Center's Blog. A space to share stories, experiences, and the perspective of children and families who utilize our services, the staff who work here, and other professionals dedicated to fighting child abuse.   



  • What You Really Want What You Really WantI would like to tell you about the experience of a brave and intelligent teenage girl who the River Bridge staff had the pleasure of working with. Denise (name changed for privacy) was 15 when she first came to River Bridge with her mother and siblings. The evening before, her father had confessed to the police that he had been sexually abusing his daughter. His confession and Denise’s disclosure was of ongoing sexual abuse that occurred for years and didn’t stop until the day she came into River Bridge. The abuse had begun when Denise was four years old. At River Bridge, the investigators learned through a neutral and child friendly forensic interview that ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2018, 2:20 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Bridge to Their Futures Campaign River Bridge Regional Center Presents Bridge to Their Futures Campaign Dear Friends, With great enthusiasm, we give our support to the Bridge to Their Futures Campaign of River Bridge Regional Center (RBRC). The renovation of an additional property, expansion of programs, and addition to RBRC’s operating reserve fund will ensure that all child abuse victims continue to receive services in a safe, confidential, and child-friendly environment. The success of this campaign will also ensure that all sexual assault victims – children and adults – have access to essential medical treatment. In December 2017, RBRC marked its 10th anniversary. Since opening its doors, RBRC has served over 1,660 children and 2,490 family members in a four-county ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:43 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Why Your Support Matters to Taryn Why Your Support Matters to TarynYou don’t have to be a parent and you don’t have to be a survivor to know the importance of a Child Advocacy Center. As community members and through our own experience’s, we know the difference that support can make when we are diving into the deep end, into the unknown. Taryn’s story is the story of hundreds of children and teenagers who have walked through the doors at River Bridge Regional Center, whose life was changed for the better, under unimaginable circumstances. Though every story is different the support that children and their parents receive is the same.For Taryn, it started when she was six. She was playing ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2018, 10:49 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • Switching Our Lens Switching Our LensKatie sat across from me after disclosing a sexual assault by a classmate. The abuse was over, she had done everything right. She told a trusted adult what had happened, the adult made a report to the police, the police were investigating, and she was receiving supportive services for the healing process.  However, she knew, just like so many others, that her path to recovery was going to be an uphill battle.  She attended the same school as her offender and in our victim-blaming culture, she knew she would not be receiving the support she needed from her community.  It was simple because she knew how she would react if it had happened to someone else ...
    Posted Mar 22, 2018, 12:25 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Mountain West SANE Alliance has a Permanent Home with River Bridge Regional Center Mountain West SANE Alliance has a Permanent Home with  River Bridge Regional CenterRiver Bridge Regional Center is happy to announce that Mountain West SANE Alliance has a permanent home under the River Bridge Regional Center umbrella.  In 2012 the Roaring Fork Valley lost its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, leaving our community vulnerable and victims of sexual assault with inadequate services.  A small group of dedicated professionals came together to reinstate the needed services that victims in our community require, they formed the Mountain West SANE Alliance (MWSA).  With dedication and tireless work, this group of individuals was able to reestablish services to our community and in 2016, MWSA conducted its first SANE Examination. MWSA has continued to ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 9:16 AM by Bridget Derkash
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