At the National Sexual Assault Conference held in Baltimore last September, I had the great fortune of talking with some of the awesome and dynamic presenters about their unique approaches to the prevention of sexual violence.  These discussions resulted in a video podcast series called Mapping Prevention.  The next 5 blog posts will highlight these valuable conversations.  Have you wondered what draws people to prevention work?  What their vision is for preventing sexual violence?  What new and creative 

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I got so excited about this blog post! I want to share my deep feelings about feminism and the movement. Talk about neat happenings and tough issues. Instead, I’m going to rein myself in, and begin at…the beginning. One of my greatest teachers shared an important lesson with me at the onset of my Feminist journey:

The question, “what is feminism?” has many answers.

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Tweet about it! Tuesdays

Since our twitter debut last year, SAAM has been building a social media presence that led us to hosting our first twitter live chats. The #TweetAboutIt Tuesday! Twitter chat series kicked-off during SAAM 2012 as an opportunity to utilize new media and engage online audiences in discussing healthy sexuality.

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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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