Dear Engaged Bystander:  I read a wonderful quote recently about the importance of stories:
 
“Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  If you have not read the book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Some Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, it is well worth your time to at least take a look. You can also hear an interview on the Today Show  or NPR's Morning Edition. Some say that it is going to be the next book to read after The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. 
 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  The front page of the Sunday NY Times had a story titled “Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online.”    There is so much to say on this issue. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me the NY Times article about a 15 year old girl who was physically attacked in Seattle while four security guards looked on and did nothing. The video is astonishing, but  I decided NOT to post it here – you can easily find the YouTube link within the NY Times article.   
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I love this campaign by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. The message is simple, positive, and engaging. Ending Sexual Violence Takes All of Us. What will YOU do? 
 
In our advocacy work, we often talk about what not to do. It makes sense that this is our approach when we are trying to stop sexual violence. 
 

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I am very excited to be working with Dr. Rebecca Campbell and her colleagues at Michigan State University on a new research grant that will assist SANE programs in evaluating their impact on criminal justice outcomes. SANE programs who would like to participate in this project are encouraged to apply. You can find all of the details here.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I had the chance to talk with an incredible activist last week, Cassandra Thomas.  She shared her perspectives on why she cares so deeply about the bystander issue.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed having the chance to talk with her.  Warmly, Joan 
 
Why were you willing to be our first interview? (And thank you for doing that!)

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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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