Dear Engaged Bystanders: I am fascinated with stories. In high school we had to learn about Greek mythology and I learned about the power of storytelling. Centuries later (or am I just feeling old), we still have a sense of how this ancient culture thought about love, life, and war. Storytelling is how one generation teaches values to the next. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The more I hear stories from friends and colleagues, the more I see the power that we each have to influence others. As a mother, I don’t always have  as much time as I’d like to read all the books I’m interested in, but this one  captured my attention. It’s called,   Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. If you have not read this book, at least read the NY Times Book Review
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The more I hear stories from friends and colleagues, the more I see the power that we each have to influence others. As a mother, I don’t always have  as much time as I’d like to read all the books I’m interested in, but this one  captured my attention. It’s called,   Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. If you have not read this book, at least read the NY Times Book Review
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I am the mother of two kids. I know that affects my perspective. When I look around me, I “see” sex offenders every day. I see an adult alone in the video arcade and wonder why he is there, I see a father taking too many pictures of the young girls at a birthday party, I see a girl on the beach hug a 5-year old boy for way too long and does not notice that he wants to get away… So while I do love the work that I do, I find that my thinking is skewed in a way that others are not. I don’t want anyone to carry the number of stories that I have in my head. But I do want

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was talking with a friend who is dealing with bullying issues in the middle school where she works.  She sees the issues of bullying and sexual violence as intertwined.  It was a welcome reminder that on the ground, all of these issues affect each other. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, Clearly there is a lot to say here. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me a link to a question posed to the NY Times columnist “The Ethicist” titled, “Should the Sex Offender be Invited?” 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, There is a new series on National Public Radio about sexual assault on college campuses.  It is a great series and worth listening to if you have a moment. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, There is a new series on National Public Radio about sexual assault on college campuses.  It is a great series and worth listening to if you have a moment. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, David Lee shared a great blog with us called Richmond Confidential.  It is an interesting view into what is happening in Richmond 4 months after the rape that grabbed the national media's attention (for a week or two...) 
 

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