A few weeks ago I attended a keynote address by Dr. Gail Stern from Catharsis Productions. She focused her engaging presentation on identifying victim-blaming as a part of rape culture and disrupting it with humor.

“Humor,” you say? Yep, that’s what I say.

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How can stories help us in our mission to end sexual violence? 

According to Andy Goodman, nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications, storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess.

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So I’ve been defining feminism for our movement, recently focusing on how feminists are moving toward their goal. Let’s take a look at part two of hooks’ definition by talking about what “end” really means. A coworker recently told me, “I’m just tired of it.

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So as we’ve discussed, April has come and gone with many exciting awareness activities to prove it. Now that we are well on our way to Mid-May, brains at NSVRC are turning over the next campaign. Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to make sure that as we move forward we take time to reflect, listen and learn about the past campaign.

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“Prevention is hard!”

 How many times have you heard that phrase?  Many people understand primary prevention as a good concept, but it can be challenging.  How does this approach to prevention play out in their community, and how do they get people to buy in to the concept that sexual violence is preventable?

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If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past 14 years, it’s that there are very few “new” prevention concepts. Many initiatives come and go, and then come back again. It’s sort of like fashion. I never thought those leggings I wore back in the 80’s would ever come back around, and yet here they are again. Prevention ideas that were part of the foundational work of the civil rights and feminist movements many decades ago have made a comeback.

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