Dear Engaged Bystander: We don’t often hear about male on male sexual abuse on college campuses. And according to one expert, that is part of the problem. Shira Tarrant acknowledges her reluctance to speak out initially and said that she was compelled to speak up because sexual assault breeds in a Petri dish of silence. 
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Dear Engaged Bystander: When faced with a subway flasher, woman decides she is not going to take it anymore

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Dear Engaged Bystander: What happened at your thanksgiving table this year? This year, our family gathering was the usual warm chaos, MUCH smaller (14 instead of 24), and lots of attention on the first great grandchild of this next generation. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have worked for years in the field of sexual violence prevention with a focus on stopping the perpetration of child sexual abuse.  So when I read about this new campaign in the blog "Feministing", I just loved her opening line: 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  The Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention has released a new case study about the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy. A case study can provide teachers with an excellent teaching tool which encourages a student to explore in depth what a particular program or strategy offers.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I usually think that any coverage of sexual violence is helpful when it generates some discussion. And this most recent episode of Law and Order SVU has done just that. If you have not see the great comments by the Safe Date Project definitely read their very comprehensive overview of the issue.
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Dear Engaged Bystander: Where ever I travel, I look for stories. I hear them all of the time, but then one story really touches my heart. Maybe it is the pain that I am feeling with the number of suicides by gay teens. Maybe it is because my son was bullied in 6th grade. Maybe it is the hope that someone else will help us care for our kids and that one person can make a huge difference. What makes this story so mesmerizing to me is that the special someone who steps out of her comfort zone can be the popular girl in her senior year. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Those who tell the stories rule the world.(Hopi American Indian proverb an sometimes attributed to Plato)

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Dear Engaged Bystander:   Here is a great event that you can go to in person or see online.  On November 10, 2010;  from  6:00pm - 8:00 pm EST, there is a FREE Film Screening of THE LINE, a documentary by Nancy Schwartzman.  This screening will be a great event that you can see online or in person.  The

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Myth or Fact?  I always come up against people who convincingly state that the recidivism rates for ALL sex offenders is close to 90%. From all of the research I have seen, this is simply not true. And from the anecdotes I have heard, I also believe that it is just not true. So why do people deny the science about those who sexually abuse? 

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