If you are exposed to any form of media and marketing, you may be in on the fact that February is a time when love is in the air. In my local grocery store there is an inflatable fountain surrounded by chocolate piles, shades of pink, and bears.

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This is nothing groundbreaking. I know that creepy “rape t-shirts” have been around forever. Unfortunately I got a stark reminder about it yesterday when a coworker forwarded an email with the Top 5 Rape Shirts post in tow. Stuff like this seriously creeps me out! Who buys these shirts?

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This week the Talk early, talk often series continues on the SAAM Blog with a guest post from author Holly Kearl. 

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While at a community event recently, I was asked what I do for a living.  I have a love/hate relationship with this question.  On one hand, I’m typically happy to tell people that I work to prevent sexual violence.  But sometimes, I just don’t want to open that can of worms.  But I decided to delve into my spiel about prevention, and menti

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female soldier salutingI love when my friends who are not in this work ask me interesting questions about prevention.  It’s nice to know that my long and heartfelt speeches don't always go in one ear and out the other.  Case in point:  yesterday a friend asked me this question:

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Yelling-cadetA million years ago, when I was learning to teach swimming lessons for a summer job, my mentor instructor taught me the importance of giving critique sandwiches. Start with a positive, insert your critique and recommendations, end with a positive. Makes good sense, even now.

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SAAM 2013 is around the corner, and to explore this April's theme of healthy childhood development, we are excited to announce the "Talk early, talk often!" SAAM blog series. To kick-off the Talk early, talk often! blog series, the SAAM blog is excited to feature a guest post from Donna Greco, Training & Technical Assistance Director at NSVRC.  

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While I have mixed feelings about saying this, it’s been a big year for sexual violence in the media so far. Following a year of sexual abuse blowing sports culture out of the water, we’ve started off 2013 with protests over the Delhi Gang Rape and national outcry over the happenings in a football town in Ohio.

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How do you know if your prevention program is effective?  Are you seeing the positive outcomes that you hoped to see?  Is the program “worth its weight”?  

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