Dear Engaged Bystander:  Every day, there are stories of engaged bystanders taking action. Just this week, I read a letter to the editor in my local paper about the assistant manager of our small Taco Bell/KFC restaurant who saw a car hit a young woman on a bicycle and rushed out of the building to help. The author said: “Thank God this woman [the general manager] was able to act in a quick manner. She not only called 911, but she held the victim’s hand, instructing her not to move to prevent further injury, to take deep breaths, calm down, and that help was on the way.” 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: Ten stories for 10 years of incredible work by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. I hope that you will join me in wishing the NSVRC a very happy 10 year anniversary.  
 

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The Sustainability Blog will be taking a temporary hiatus in order to plan for the next phase of our project. Before we go, though, how about one last, chewy post for the road?
 
10 Tips for SANE Sustainability:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I am not someone who watches a lot of TV, but this new program, "What Would You Do?" fascinates me.  The premise of the ABC "News" Program is that they have various situations played by actors and then see how people react.  There are a number of scenarios that are well worth watching:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have always questioned why good people can do horrible things and what motivates someone to go out of their way to help someone they don't even know.  As I watch what pops up through various list-serves, etc. I am intrigued by the research that is not directly within the field of sexual violence. 
 
I recently came across the Heroic Imagination Project.  It is a project of Dr. Philip Zimbardo who you may know thought the Standford Prison Experiments.  In their words: 

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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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