Dear Engaged Bystander: Here is the background on the case… The Munich Archdiocese of the Catholic Church recently acknowledged mishandling of a sexual abuse case while the pope served as the archbishop there.  In this case “H” was convicted of sexually abusing minors, given a suspended sentence and ordered to undergo therapy. Shortly thereafter, he was allowed to resume pastoral duties, perpetrating further abuse, before being arrested again.  See the NY Times article about this case.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystanders: I am fascinated with stories. In high school we had to learn about Greek mythology and I learned about the power of storytelling. Centuries later (or am I just feeling old), we still have a sense of how this ancient culture thought about love, life, and war. Storytelling is how one generation teaches values to the next. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The more I hear stories from friends and colleagues, the more I see the power that we each have to influence others. As a mother, I don’t always have  as much time as I’d like to read all the books I’m interested in, but this one  captured my attention. It’s called,   Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. If you have not read this book, at least read the NY Times Book Review
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The more I hear stories from friends and colleagues, the more I see the power that we each have to influence others. As a mother, I don’t always have  as much time as I’d like to read all the books I’m interested in, but this one  captured my attention. It’s called,   Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler. If you have not read this book, at least read the NY Times Book Review
 

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TechSoup is offering a free webinar March 16th, 11am PT on using Twitter. This session is geared toward libraries and non-profits. "This webinar will survey the Twitter landscape, explaining core concepts, enumerating best practices, and describing the tools and tactics that exist to leverage Twitter's strengths.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I am the mother of two kids. I know that affects my perspective. When I look around me, I “see” sex offenders every day. I see an adult alone in the video arcade and wonder why he is there, I see a father taking too many pictures of the young girls at a birthday party, I see a girl on the beach hug a 5-year old boy for way too long and does not notice that he wants to get away… So while I do love the work that I do, I find that my thinking is skewed in a way that others are not. I don’t want anyone to carry the number of stories that I have in my head. But I do want

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was talking with a friend who is dealing with bullying issues in the middle school where she works.  She sees the issues of bullying and sexual violence as intertwined.  It was a welcome reminder that on the ground, all of these issues affect each other. 
 

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MNCASA is offering a webinar March 22nd, 12pm CT on protocol development and renewing interagency agreements. This should be an excellent session, addressing two issues we see frequently in the sustainability TA project. This webinar will describe the process of writing or adapting protocols, renewing interagency agreements, and training on protocol.

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Dear Engaged Bystander, Clearly there is a lot to say here. 
 

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Over at the FHO site, I've posted some information on a forensic compliance self-assessment from EVAW. EVAW is the technical assistance provider on this issue, and they've put out some great information on their site. If you have questions about your own program's compliance, definitely check it out.

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