Dear Engaged Bystander: Sally Laskey, associate director of the NSVRC sent me a quick email about last week’s season premiere of the TV show 30 Rock. If you don’t know about this show, it is a very popular, prime time comedy series created by Tina Fey. The series is loosely based on Fey's experiences as head writer for

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Dear Engaged Bystander: Another workshop idea… In a recent workshop for women, someone asked man excellent question. “We work with so many different cultures and customs, how can we tell someone when and how to intervene?”   The group was silent, and I felt a sense of hopelessness in the room – how complex this issue really is, how many different situations we hardly address, and so much more. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Do you ever read a news story or editorial and find you keep thinking about it?  Well, on July 17th I read an editorial in the NY Times titled Tone Deaf in Rome.  Like the editorial, I was appalled by the news conference held at the Vatican which described the movement for the ordination of women as a “grave crime” that Rome deems as offensive as the scandal of priests who sexually assault children."   

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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:  On Sunday, the NY Times reported on how one man, Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax,  had the courage to intervene in an argument.  And in this case, he was stabbed multiple times, and then HE was left for dead by others who passed over by many until he died on the streets of New York. 
 
A man who should be celebrated as a hero, is now dead because so many people passed by and did nothing. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I love this headline because it celebrates the power of what two women can do to protect others. It is an amazing story too since two young women left the comfort of their apartment to help someone they did not know. 
 
Here is what they said in the article: " I heard a panic scream. Like a help kind of yell." "When I got to my window I saw a man on top of a young girl."   The two friends then rushed outside... to stop it.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: The Mayor of Trenton New Jersey quoted Edmund Burke in his appeal to the community to come forward and help understand what happened in the gang rape of a 7 year old child. He said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing."

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me the NY Times article about a 15 year old girl who was physically attacked in Seattle while four security guards looked on and did nothing. The video is astonishing, but  I decided NOT to post it here – you can easily find the YouTube link within the NY Times article.   
 

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