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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Health & Counseling Center


People of Color


Sexual violence has historically been used to perpetuate racism and colonialism.

Native American women are twice as likely to experience rape/sexual assault compared to all races (RAINN, 2018), with around 9 in 10 Native American survivors of sexual assault estimated to have had assailants who were of a different race.

African American women experience intimate partner violence at a rate of 35% higher than white women, and about 2.5 times the rate of women of other races.

A compilation of multiple studies, estimates that 21-55% of Asian women experience intimate partner violence, and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

Approximately 24% of Hispanic and Latina women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime.  

Challenges to Reporting & Seeking Support

  • Experiences of institutionalized racism may make it more difficult for survivors of color to trust the systems that are supposed to help them
  • Language and cultural barriers may make it hard for survivors of color to seek support
  • Strong connections to families, cultures, and racial or ethnic groups
  • Fear their experience will reflect on or confirm the stereotypes placed on their race and/or ethnicity.
  • Legal status in the US of the survivor and/or the offender
  • Lack of service providers that look like the survivor or share common experiences
  • Cultural and/or religious beliefs that keep the survivor from leaving an abusive relationship or involving outsiders

Campus and Community Resources

Confidential DU Resources

  • CAPE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment) provides free and confidential advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment.
        o Daytime Advocacy: 303-871-3853
        o After-Hours Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email:
        o Address: 1981 S University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210
  • Health and Counseling Center provides confidential medical and mental health services.
        o Phone: 303-871-2205
        o Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email:

Non-Confidential DU Resources


To learn more, or to connect with an advocate,
contact CAPE directly at 303-871-3853 or