Dear Engaged Bystander:  I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Alan Berkowitz to learn more about what he is focusing his work towards these days.  If you don't know of Alan, he is an internationally recognized expert on bystander behavior, violence prevention and social justice issues; author of Response Ability:  A Complete Guide to Bystander Intervention; and always an inspiration to talk with. 

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Dear Engaged bystander:  I just finished reading the most recent issue of Partners in Social Change (PISC) focused on “Bystanders: Agents of Primary Prevention.” What struck me about this publication by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs were the underlying values that thread through each and every one of these articles.  Values of:

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I recently received a notice that said: “Tell the Super Bowl Host Committee: Don't be a bystander to child trafficking.” Of course I had to read it. 

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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: What happened at your thanksgiving table this year? This year, our family gathering was the usual warm chaos, MUCH smaller (14 instead of 24), and lots of attention on the first great grandchild of this next generation. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  The Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention has released a new case study about the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy. A case study can provide teachers with an excellent teaching tool which encourages a student to explore in depth what a particular program or strategy offers.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:   Here is a great event that you can go to in person or see online.  On November 10, 2010;  from  6:00pm - 8:00 pm EST, there is a FREE Film Screening of THE LINE, a documentary by Nancy Schwartzman.  This screening will be a great event that you can see online or in person.  The

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Myth or Fact?  I always come up against people who convincingly state that the recidivism rates for ALL sex offenders is close to 90%. From all of the research I have seen, this is simply not true. And from the anecdotes I have heard, I also believe that it is just not true. So why do people deny the science about those who sexually abuse? 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: When there is scientific consensus, why do people still deny science (e.g., climate change doesn’t exist, vaccines cause autism)? 

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 Dear Engaged Bystander: I think that some of my best work is when I step out of the sexual violence prevention world and see how others are making a difference. I am on a social marketing list serve which talks about how to use private sector marketing concepts (e.g., the 4 Ps of marketing: product, price, place, and  promotion) to make the world a better place.

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