Dear Engaged Bystander: I was hooked on this new journal article because they created their program, Engaging Bystander Approach (ERB) with the understanding that it was essential to add the word “engaging” because the term bystander, alone may conjure a passive or negative image of men and women who witness a problem and do nothing.
 

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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: We don’t often hear about male on male sexual abuse on college campuses. And according to one expert, that is part of the problem. Shira Tarrant acknowledges her reluctance to speak out initially and said that she was compelled to speak up because sexual assault breeds in a Petri dish of silence. 
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Dear Engaged Bystander:  OK this is shameless promotion.  And I am letting you know about this new FREE online course because it is an easy to use, quick overview of the bystander approach to sexual violence prevention.

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Today marks the 1st in what I hope to be a weekly series here at the Sustainability blog: a Q&A with a coordinator from a well-established program. A little something to inspire and reenergize for our Fridays. I can't imagine kicking off the series with anyone other than my good friend, Jennifer Pierce Weeks, coordinator of the The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program at Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, CO and current president of IAFN. She inspires and reenergizes me on a regular basis, and more importantly, she keeps me laughing.

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: This is the last of 3 postings by Meg Stone.  Thank you Meg for the guest blog postings! 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I am thrilled to announce that Meg Stone has agreed to be our first guest blogger next week. For those of you who may not know her, Meg is the executive director of IMPACT self defense.

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Dear Engaged Bystander. I know that being an engaged bystander is not easy. We address issues many people would rather ignore. We have to communicate with enough self-assuredness that we are not dismissed and simultaneously approach challenging conversations with warmth and flexibility so that people feel supported and motivated to change.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, There is a lot one can do about this day.  Eating chocolate for sure.  But remember that being an engaged bystander means reinforcing the positive as much as intervening when behaviors have gone bad.  So for this day, 1) talk with someone you love about healthy relationships, 2) take a moment to help out someone you don't know, or 3) read about Eve Ensler's new book and video about the life, passions and feelings of girls from around the world.  Click here to see the video.  And the book description is below.  
 

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