Dear Engaged Bystander: I am the mother of two kids. I know that affects my perspective. When I look around me, I “see” sex offenders every day. I see an adult alone in the video arcade and wonder why he is there, I see a father taking too many pictures of the young girls at a birthday party, I see a girl on the beach hug a 5-year old boy for way too long and does not notice that he wants to get away… So while I do love the work that I do, I find that my thinking is skewed in a way that others are not. I don’t want anyone to carry the number of stories that I have in my head. But I do want

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was talking with a friend who is dealing with bullying issues in the middle school where she works.  She sees the issues of bullying and sexual violence as intertwined.  It was a welcome reminder that on the ground, all of these issues affect each other. 
 

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MNCASA is offering a webinar March 22nd, 12pm CT on protocol development and renewing interagency agreements. This should be an excellent session, addressing two issues we see frequently in the sustainability TA project. This webinar will describe the process of writing or adapting protocols, renewing interagency agreements, and training on protocol.

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Dear Engaged Bystander, Clearly there is a lot to say here. 
 

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Over at the FHO site, I've posted some information on a forensic compliance self-assessment from EVAW. EVAW is the technical assistance provider on this issue, and they've put out some great information on their site. If you have questions about your own program's compliance, definitely check it out.

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me a link to a question posed to the NY Times columnist “The Ethicist” titled, “Should the Sex Offender be Invited?” 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, There is a new series on National Public Radio about sexual assault on college campuses.  It is a great series and worth listening to if you have a moment. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, There is a new series on National Public Radio about sexual assault on college campuses.  It is a great series and worth listening to if you have a moment. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, David Lee shared a great blog with us called Richmond Confidential.  It is an interesting view into what is happening in Richmond 4 months after the rape that grabbed the national media's attention (for a week or two...) 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, On October 25, “as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15 year old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance...” 

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