What makes a prevention program successful?  That’s the million dollar question, right?  Some preventionists might think that if they just had more money, or if they had that one, perfect curriculum their program would be a success.  Although beneficial, we know that money and a great curriculum alone do not a successful program make.    

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2012

During April, raised awareness of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence is an opportunity to bolster prevention efforts. This year’s campaign, “It’s time … to talk about it,” focuses on healthy sexuality and encourages communities and individuals to join the conversation in order to prevent sexual violence.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month logo

In case you haven’t heard, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this exciting time communities, campuses, workplaces, and individuals join together to promote awareness of sexual assault and educate about sexual violence prevention.

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When I began working in the anti-violence movement 14 years ago, I never imagined I would be sitting here today writing a blog about prevention.  But yet, here I am.  After years of working in community-based rape crisis programs as a counselor, advocate, educator, and supervisor I had the fortune of coming to work at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  By the third day, I was heavily immersed in the

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One of my favorite things about feminism is the power that emerges in honoring the collective voice and experience. In many ways, I think that’s why I feel so at home in working to end sexual violence. There are so many advocates and activists who genuinely take the time to listen to someone tell about an experience. There is thought, reflection, collective decision-making and action, and it happens every day.

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 Dear Engaged Bystander:  For more than a year, I have focused this bystander blog on preventing sexual violence. As I complete this last blog entry, I hope to offer an equally compelling argument for us to extend bystander intervention AFTER the abuse has been perpetrated.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  This is Part II of my interview with Jackson Katz
 
Joan: What is your vision for creating that institutional change?
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  As my year as the NSVRC blogger comes to a close, I thought about who are the people who can provide insights to carry us all forward. Jackson Katz immediately came to mind. He is one of the first to apply bystander thinking, interventions and strategies to prevent sexual violence. So I am thrilled to have had a chance to speak with him and add his words to these last few blogging days. For those of you who don’t know Dr.

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Dear Engaged Bysander:  I recently heard the keynote from the annual MASOC/MATSA conference and was moved by the research Ray Knight presented. I know that sounds odd to be “moved” by research, but I was. It was a fabulous presentation and what I loved about it was that he challenged us to base our prevention programs on research evidence – more than just good ideas.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I often hear people question whether doing something (or saying something) will have any impact at all?  Maybe we have all been there... 

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