Dear Engaged Bystander: When I was looking for quotes for the NSVRC publication, “Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention” I kept coming upon quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. I was looking for statements, by famous people, that would reverberate for the reader on many levels. I wanted quotes that could begin to shake us out of apathy or complacency and inject some urgency for action. I found quote after quote by MLK and what was remarkable was that I had so many to choose from. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Do you think about what a difference the environment can make to ensure safety for all of us? How an organizational culture keeps children safe. Or a college culture is why women can feel safe going out at night? Most of us who work in this field talk about these concepts all of the time. Yet I find that others look at me with this blank stare. I think that it is often hard to see what needs to change in our environment when it is simply the world you have known your whole life. 
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 Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have been hearing about the series of suicides by gay teens in the last few weeks. I grew up in New Jersey, at a much earlier time when gay issues were just emerging, playing the viola from 2nd grade into college. So the suicide of Tyler Clementi hit me especially hard. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was reading through a newsletter today from MassCOSH (MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health) and found a great teen peer leadership award.  Jobs with Justice recognized TL@W Peer Leaders for their ground-breaking sexual harrassment campaign and their support for workers and unions. 

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