Dear Engaged Bystander:  Here is another story of a hero, someone deciding to act.  It is a wonderful story of a bicyclist:

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SAFEta Source is hosting a free webinar on SANE program peer review that is a must for anyone running a program. Particularly if you are struggling with how best to set up a peer review process or have not yet considered the benefits of peer review. The webinar will be held June 22nd at 2pm ET. Advanced registration is required to attend.

From the site:

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Dear Engaged Bystanders:  I have some new heroes in Maine.  In case you have not seen the story, 5 female students heard another student at Husson College in Bangor Maine call for help.  They all jumped in to wrestle away the knife from her attacker, call the police and hold him imoblie until the police could arrive. 

Jennifer Hladik, one of the principle bystanders said she realized the importance of self defense, knowing what to do and how to do it:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was listening to the stories of two bridges on "This American Life" and was struck by the contrast.  The first is the Yangtze River Bridge, a massive bridge in China, known for it's massive size and high suicide rate.  You can read about Mr.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:   It seems that EVERY news story ends with a similar refrain:  nothing is safe so women and children should protect themselves...  The message seems to be designed to keep us all immobized with fear and the knowledge that "it" will happen at any time and especially when you least expect it.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  On Sunday, I was at a wedding of two dear friends and one of them is an incredible photographer. Please indulge me since this posting is a little off topic today. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Alison Hall, the interim director of Pittsburg Actions Against Rape wrote a great letter to the editor about Ben Roethlisberger's birthday celebration.  If you are not familiar with the case, Ben Roethlisberger, is the quarterback for the Pittesburg Steelers.  He has been accused of raping a college student during his birthday bar crawl.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have always been impressed with the ability of some states to mobilize businesses and other "unlikely partner" to get involved in prevention.  It makes sense, but it is not something I have seen happen very often when you talk about child sexual abuse or sexual assault. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  So much of the bystander literature looks at why people don't act and let someone get hurt, sexually assaulted or murdered.  Our fascination is how people can stand by and let this happen.
 

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NNEDV has a new bulletin, Privacy Concerns When Posting Content Online that's worth perusing. Particularly for those of you using social media sites like Facebook, I think it's a good common sense overview. I think it's a great one-pager to provide new staff members, since it's critical for SANEs to consider what they post and how it can impact them professionally.

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