Safe2Tell or Afraid2Tell?

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A conversation between two friends about a potentially dangerous situation.

What is Safe2Tell?

Safe2Tell’s mission, according to their website, is “to ensure that every student, parent, teacher, and community member in Colorado has a safe and anonymous way to report any concerns to their safety or the safety of others, with a focus on early intervention and prevention through awareness and education.” It was founded on the idea that early prevention and intervention is the key to preventing violence and saving lives. They offer information regarding violence, safety, and suicide, bullying, drug and alcohol prevention, along with a plethora of other guides to helping others.

How can someone use Safe2Tell?

In order to report a situation, a person can use either their website or their app ( iOS , Google Play ). According to the Safe2Tell website, reporting is completely anonymous– by state mandated law and it asks for enough information to completely confirm the person at risk. It’s available to all Colorado schools, students, teachers, and parents. Safe2Tell hands the case off to local law enforcement or to school officials.

However, with this amazing program, the viability comes into question. Is this program effective? According to Safe2Tell’s End of Year 2016-17 Report, they received 9,163 reports. Overall, they have received 30,253 reports since 2004. Compared to the 2015-16 school year, 2016-17 had a 58% report increase. 19% of their reports last year were related to suicide threats. Safe2Tell clearly has a significant impact on our community, as it works to save lives and protect the people of Colorado.

Safe2Tell works hard to ensure safety and prevent catastrophic situations. With the power of anonymous reporting, why fear speaking up? It could save a life.