Domestic violence and sexual assault happens — period. It is uncomfortable to think or talk about it and it is something we want to just forget exists.
It is a dirty subject and most people don’t want to soil their minds thinking about it.
For those victimized by domestic and sexual violence, it is the reality they wake up to every day and they have no choice but to feel dirty.
This Saturday, July 11, the popular Pagosa Duathlon — the “Dirty Du” — will get down and dirty to help the victims of domestic and sexual violence. This yearly event benefits survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Archuleta County.
The “Dirty Du” entry fee will help pay for a 24-hour hotline and counseling for a victim or child who has been abused. It will help a family relocate to a safer home or help a victim file for a protection order. All these services, and more, are made possible through the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, which is a nonprofit, all-inclusive agency, providing comprehensive and reliable victim support services 24 hours a day since 1996.