Picture this: A high school party, lots of alcohol, star football players, and a young, unconscious girl.  A recipe for disaster, some might say.  

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While I kind of doubt that anyone really noticed, I have had a long internal, guilty struggle over not writing this blog post.

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This week the Talk early, talk often series continues on the SAAM Blog with a guest post from Annie Gebhardt, MPH, Training Specialist at NSVRC.

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Free-womanYesterday was a day of crappy stories. Maybe you’ve had a day like that before. It’s the kind of day when everywhere you go, someone tells you about another yucky thing that they’ve experienced. It’s not always experiences of violence, sometimes its experiences of feeling belittled, disregarded, or shamed.

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Talk early, talk often is a big phrase this year for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. An idea born in a workgroup meeting last June is now the call to action of our campaign. We are asking adults to play a role in supporting healthy children by breaking through silence and opening up communication. Talking early, talking often is also how we want to approach sharing the SAAM campaign.

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#Liberaltips2avoidrape trended as a hashtag on Twitter this week. Wrapped up in this disgraceful social media disaster, I also followed commentary on the Tips to Avoid Rape posted by Colorado State University. We have a lot of unpacking to do here, so let’s get started.

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This week we have a guest preventionista! Liz Zadnik shares her perspectives on the recently released article, A Systematic Qualitative Review of Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Violence Perpetration (Trauma, Violence, & Abuse December 2012).

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This week the Talk early, talk often series continues on the SAAM Blog with a guest post from sexaulity educator Alison Bellavance, M.Ed., CSE. 

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Are you rising today? Are you joining the 1 Billion? Typically, Valentine’s Day festivities make me a little nauseous. I’m a big fan of V-day--don’t get me wrong!

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