Welcome to the NSVRC's newest blog.  We invite you to post your ideas and comments about how to intervene to prevent sexual violence.  Share your ideas with our Guest Blogger, Joan Tabachnick! Read more about Joan.

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Forensic nurse examiners are by and large late adopters when it comes to technology. While it's fantastic to see so many of you creating pages and posting regularly on Facebook, there's still some untapped potential for spreading information in a far simpler and quicker manner: Twitter.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander,
How do I begin a blog about engaging bystanders?   Why would you want to read this? Who am I to begin writing this blog?
 

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I am a hothead. Anyone reading this who knows me is smiling and nodding right now, because they know my default setting is holler. So I was intrigued by this post over at The Happiness Project last week about under-reacting to problems. That's not to say the post's author advocates ignoring or minimizing problems; simply that as she points out, not every problem requires a full-bore freakout.

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An issue that often comes up when we discuss SANE program sustainability is getting away from the "any warm body" method of staffing. Really looking instead at competencies and clear communication between program managers and prospective SANEs about the expectations and requirements of the role, so that both parties go into the relationship with open eyes. (You'd be stunned at how many people have told me that they've downplayed the realities of the job for fear of scaring new staff members away--bad strategy, by the way.) 
 

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 PBS began airing a new series this month, This Emotional Life. I have not watched it yet (having just heard about it this morning), but I have spent the last hour combing through their website, and I have to say, it's a treasure trove of great information. Not only does the series clearly deal with relevant issues such as trauma, resiliency, etc., but the site provides a host of resources addressing those issues.

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We've been talking a lot this week about what good leadership looks like. I would suggest that good leadership requires a certain amount of kind (as opposed to nice). Several years ago Susan Cramm wrote about compassionate leadership over at the HBR blog, which I think takes us to a similar place.

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 I love this sign posted about meeting rules, over at Blue Avocado today:
 

 
"Don't yuck someone's yum"! Outstanding!
 
[Ground Rules for the New Generation, Blue Avocado]

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Happy 2010! I thought I'd start the year off with a positive spin, a new free eBook from Seth Godin. It's called What Matters Now (PDF), and I love the way it was created--multiple short essays and other pieces from great minds in diverse fields. It's sort of an anti-resolution manifesto. Less "try", more "do". A great guide for how we might approach the new year.
 

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I hope everyone is having a happy and peaceful holiday season. In the spirit of the impending new year and the resolutions that go with it, I'd like to turn your attention to a piece I missed earlier this fall. David Brooks, in the NY Times, mentioned this article as one of his favorites of the year: If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care, by Jonathan Rauch (National Journal).

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