Dear Engaged Bystander:  So much of the bystander literature looks at why people don't act and let someone get hurt, sexually assaulted or murdered.  Our fascination is how people can stand by and let this happen.
 

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NNEDV has a new bulletin, Privacy Concerns When Posting Content Online that's worth perusing. Particularly for those of you using social media sites like Facebook, I think it's a good common sense overview. I think it's a great one-pager to provide new staff members, since it's critical for SANEs to consider what they post and how it can impact them professionally.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  On Sunday, the NY Times reported on how one man, Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax,  had the courage to intervene in an argument.  And in this case, he was stabbed multiple times, and then HE was left for dead by others who passed over by many until he died on the streets of New York. 
 
A man who should be celebrated as a hero, is now dead because so many people passed by and did nothing. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was reading through a newsletter today from MassCOSH (MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health) and found a great teen peer leadership award.  Jobs with Justice recognized TL@W Peer Leaders for their ground-breaking sexual harrassment campaign and their support for workers and unions. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I am always intrigued with ways that we can get ourselves to change.  Each of us have our own ways to do that, but how do we begin to connect individual commitments into community change? 
 
In my own "checkered past" I receoved an MBA, so I was tickled to read about this relatively new website and novel approach on www.stickK..com

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I love this headline because it celebrates the power of what two women can do to protect others. It is an amazing story too since two young women left the comfort of their apartment to help someone they did not know. 
 
Here is what they said in the article: " I heard a panic scream. Like a help kind of yell." "When I got to my window I saw a man on top of a young girl."   The two friends then rushed outside... to stop it.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I am sorry to have been ofline for the last week and otherwise "engaged."  Please read my humor here.  And after two conference in two weeks, I have a lot tI hope o share.  I will try to spread this out over the next week and give you only the highlights of what i have learned. 
 

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For those of you struggling with writing government grants, the Office of Justice Programs has a tutorial that can make the process easier. You'll find everything you need at their Grants 101 site. Best of all, much of the information is applicable to grantwriting in general, particularly in the proposal writing section. And there's a Toolkit with sample documents and other resources, as well.

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The Mayor of Trenton New Jersey quoted Edmund Burke in his appeal to the community to come forward and help understand what happened in the gang rape of a 7 year old child. He said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing."

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Network for Good has a free eBook now available: 8 Online Fundraising Changes You Must Make in 2010. For those of you looking at how to more effectively raise money for general program services through individual donors, this may provide some valuable insight.
 
You can access the eBook here; some basic demographic information is required prior to download.

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