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:  I am sorry to have been ofline for the last week and otherwise "engaged."  Please read my humor here.  And after two conference in two weeks, I have a lot tI hope o share.  I will try to spread this out over the next week and give you only the highlights of what i have learned. 
 

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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:  This week, I had the chance to go to New York City and saw the NSVRC public service announcement in Times Square. I grew up outside of NYC and this PSA had a lot of significance for me.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: Yesterday and today are days to celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.   It is usually a time for contemplation -- looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning for changes to make in the New Year. In celebrating this holiday, I like to also think about what was good about the past year and to think about what to bring into my life (our lives) for the future. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I have a teenager at home and I see how Facebook, texting, instant messaging and so many other social media tools are the mode of communications in their nearly 24/7 world. We often hear about the negative impact of these emerging technologies through bullying stories. I asked a national expert, Marianne Winters of Graphix for Change to talk about these same tools as an opportunity for bystander interventions.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Here is the second part of a great conversation with Marianne Winters of Graphix for Change.
 
Joan: So given your expertise, how do we meet these challenges using this technology?   
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I hope that others can learn from what we have done so far and share with us some other successes (or mistakes) along the way. Here are four tips:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  In case you did not hear, Prevent Connect will be holding two online reading clubs based upon the NSVRC publication "Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention."  (See announcement below.)  What is great about this online event is that it will give you a sense of how this book can be used by book groups throughout your community.  I used it in my own book group and was amazed by the stories I heard from women I have known for years.  I encourage

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Dear Engaged Bystander, I think that one of the biggest mistakes human service/advocacy programs make is in believing that if you give someone enough information, it will change their behaviors. I have a lot of great information about exercise and eating right, yet I sit at my computer for hours with chocolate at my side… 
 
So if information alone is not enough, what are the factors that encourage a bystander to take action?
 

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