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.   



  • 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
  • River Bridge Regional Center History This December 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of River Bridge opening its doors to child abuse victims and their families.  As the old cliché goes, you can't know where you are going until you know where you have been. The work began way before the doors opened.  Joyce Bulifant Perry and the Rotary Club of Carbondale – Aspen Glen (now known as the Mt. Sopris Rotary Club) worked tirelessly to make their dream come true. Child Advocacy Centers were not new (the movement began in the early 1990’s) but the concept was new to our community.  It took a lot of education, relationship building and fundraising to make the Center a reality.  The Rotary Club raised over $102 ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 3:48 PM by Bridget Derkash
  • Part of the Solution My name is Lindsay Gould I am a board member and volunteer at River Bridge Regional Center. I want to share how I became involved with this amazing organization.River Bridge Regional Center envisions a community where children are safe, families are strong, and where all abused children are believed, supported and able to heal.River Bridge Regional Center is a nationally accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment, and investigation of child abuse. Within River Bridge’s warm, child-friendly environment, they provide hope and healing to neglected and abused children and their families through treatment, advocacy, and investigation services.I have always been a very sensitive person and as ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 11:16 AM by Bridget Derkash
  • I Understand The smell was what woke me up, I had fallen asleep on a Greyhound bus headed to Cortez to see my sister and my new niece. The rotten stench from his body smelled like sewer and sweat making me gasp for air. Leaning close to my body he demanded that I get off the bus with him at the next stop. While his fingers violated my body, my brain froze in fear. I had just turned 13-years-old and I was taking the bus to southern Colorado to spend a week with my sister and the baby. My first trip alone, it was a big deal for me, all grown up and on my own. His face was next ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2017, 9:29 AM by Bridget Derkash
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