I got so excited about this blog post! I want to share my deep feelings about feminism and the movement. Talk about neat happenings and tough issues. Instead, I’m going to rein myself in, and begin at…the beginning. One of my greatest teachers shared an important lesson with me at the onset of my Feminist journey:

The question, “what is feminism?” has many answers.

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Tweet about it! Tuesdays

Since our twitter debut last year, SAAM has been building a social media presence that led us to hosting our first twitter live chats. The #TweetAboutIt Tuesday! Twitter chat series kicked-off during SAAM 2012 as an opportunity to utilize new media and engage online audiences in discussing healthy sexuality.

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What makes a prevention program successful?  That’s the million dollar question, right?  Some preventionists might think that if they just had more money, or if they had that one, perfect curriculum their program would be a success.  Although beneficial, we know that money and a great curriculum alone do not a successful program make.    

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2012

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When I began working in the anti-violence movement 14 years ago, I never imagined I would be sitting here today writing a blog about prevention.  But yet, here I am.  After years of working in community-based rape crisis programs as a counselor, advocate, educator, and supervisor I had the fortune of coming to work at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  By the third day, I was heavily immersed in the

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One of my favorite things about feminism is the power that emerges in honoring the collective voice and experience. In many ways, I think that’s why I feel so at home in working to end sexual violence. There are so many advocates and activists who genuinely take the time to listen to someone tell about an experience. There is thought, reflection, collective decision-making and action, and it happens every day.

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Dear Engaged Bystander: For more than a year, I have focused this bystander blog on preventing sexual violence. As I complete this last blog entry, I hope to offer an equally compelling argument for us to extend bystander intervention AFTER the abuse has been perpetrated.

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Dear Engaged Bystander: This is Part II of my interview with Jackson Katz

Joan: What is your vision for creating that institutional change?

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  As my year as the NSVRC blogger comes to a close, I thought about who are the people who can provide insights to carry us all forward. Jackson Katz immediately came to mind. He is one of the first to apply bystander thinking, interventions and strategies to prevent sexual violence. So I am thrilled to have had a chance to speak with him and add his words to these last few blogging days. 

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