Something very exciting is happening this week in Chicago! The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) brings together professionals across disciplines for an intentional time of training, networking and development.

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In my former role as a Children’s Advocate at a local rape crisis center, I learned some valuable lessons about what the legal process means to a child victim. Even though each child, each case, and each understanding is uniquely informed by individual experiences, there were a few common features that stuck out to me.

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Last week it was exciting to be able to announce the theme for SAAM 2013. Yes, we are still talking about healthy sexuality but the upcoming campaign will be looking at child sexual abuse prevention specifically too. 

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paper dolls connecting handsI recently had the opportunity to take part in a training with our partner organization, the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

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People incarcerated in U.S. Detention Centers face the reality of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment every day. In the wake of the Sandusky trial, I often heard reference to “real justice” being served once he was in prison. Rape in prison is commonly acknowledged as widespread.

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In my last post, after taking a moment to fill you in on some behind the scenes planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2013, I hinted at sharing some campaign details soon.

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picture of notes on flip chart paperOk, so, I confess. I’m not really a techie. I think I would more accurately describe myself as a groupie to techies, or a tag-a-long little sister to techies. I think tech stuff is super cool. I really like learning about it, and talking about it, and brainstorming ways to harness technology for the greater good.

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phone cord being cut with scissorsI’ve been thinking a bit more about self-care lately (see earlier blog post related to

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I’ve been reflecting recently on dissonant logic in some of our responses to sexual violence. Nearly every day that I spend in the movement, I hear folks talk about preserving evidence, increasing reporting, and holding people who commit sexual violence accountable through criminal and legal proceedings. I know that dedicated members of the anti-violence movement have spent abundant time and energy on improving systemic responses to sexual violence.

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Image of drawn curtainLet me paint a picture for you. You are sitting between family and friends, center of the aisle, that preferable distance from the stage. You are back far enough to take everything in but still see the closer details of the show. The curtain’s drawn, but the scene is set.

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