Dear Engaged Bystander:   It seems that EVERY news story ends with a similar refrain:  nothing is safe so women and children should protect themselves...  The message seems to be designed to keep us all immobized with fear and the knowledge that "it" will happen at any time and especially when you least expect it.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  On Sunday, I was at a wedding of two dear friends and one of them is an incredible photographer. Please indulge me since this posting is a little off topic today. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Alison Hall, the interim director of Pittsburg Actions Against Rape wrote a great letter to the editor about Ben Roethlisberger's birthday celebration.  If you are not familiar with the case, Ben Roethlisberger, is the quarterback for the Pittesburg Steelers.  He has been accused of raping a college student during his birthday bar crawl.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have always been impressed with the ability of some states to mobilize businesses and other "unlikely partner" to get involved in prevention.  It makes sense, but it is not something I have seen happen very often when you talk about child sexual abuse or sexual assault. 
 

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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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