So, the holidays are over, decor is safely tucked away, I survived 70 degree days in December, and we had our first actual snow yesterday! Welcome winter finally! It may have waited until the middle of January, but I will certainly not complain. We recognize January as National Human Trafficking Awareness month.

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This year’s campaign is focused on prevention – the slogan boldly declaring prevention is possible! The campaign will include resources to help everyone see their role in preventing sexual violence. The materials listed below will help to ground the concept of prevention by educating individuals, communities, and businesses on practical steps they can take to end sexual violence before it occurs. 

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I think I’ve decided that winter is just not going to come to us here in PA. Yes, I’m complaining about the weather, but I’m a skier. One cannot ski, if there is no snow and it’s 65 degrees outside, thus my sad reality. Therefore, if I can’t spend the holidays skiing, what else is out there that can occupy my time?

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SAAM 2016

Prevention is possible, and it is the theme of this April’s, Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It takes many voices and roles to prevent sexual violence. This April, we’ll focus on the ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality. 

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This is a guest blog post by Sally J. Laskey, NSVRC Outreach Director.

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This is a guest blog post by Sally J. Laskey, NSVRC Outreach Director.

 

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I have to say this time of year, at the moment, is completely baffling to me. It’s close to 80 degrees outside here in PA and yet stores have taken it upon themselves to bombard every customer that walks through the door with Santa and tinsel. I’m not the Grinch, but I find this beyond annoying.

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Today's guest  post is written by Michael Crawford, fellow blogger and Communications Assistant with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

Leaves and temperatures are down, candy prices are up: it must be time to trick or treat!

As a parent, there are lots of things to worry about: tripping hazards, getting caught in the rain or (please, heavens, no) candy getting stuck in hair. But there’s one “trick” that probably won’t rear its head: the bogeyman.

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Build Peace conference held at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  I was curious about one of the items on the agenda – Ignite Talks.  They were described as

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DVAM image: awareness plus action equals social changeThis blog is a guest post by Casey Keene, Director of Capacity Building and Education, at the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.  

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