Dear Engaged Bystander:  If you are like me, you have a stack of research papers you have been meaning to read all summer.  I wanted to create a short series of my favorite research articles to share with you and I hope to keep them all  to under 500 words.  

So this is the first in a series of reviews of key research.  I hope you find them helpful. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, David Lee shared a great blog with us called Richmond Confidential.  It is an interesting view into what is happening in Richmond 4 months after the rape that grabbed the national media's attention (for a week or two...) 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I want to introduce a leader in the men’s movement, a trusted colleague and a good friend (yes I do have a strong bias here), Rob Okun. Rob has been involved in pro-feminist, anti-violence men’s work for the last two decades and is currently the editor of a wonderful magazine, Voice Male. I had the chance to ask his perspective on men, violence and the opportunities offered through bystander engagement.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  For SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), the NSVRC is beginning a new project to collect stories where bystanders said something or did something. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, In a recent interview with CALCASA about bystander enagement, I talked about the small ways that we can shift our thinking and the way we do our work. I mentioned a conference safety sheet and how a small change can move us away from “victim blaming” towards a more engaged community responsibility. 
 
Below is the original Safety Sheet from this conference. See if you can guess what changes make sense. 
 
Safety Tips

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me a link to a question posed to the NY Times columnist “The Ethicist” titled, “Should the Sex Offender be Invited?” 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, Clearly there is a lot to say here. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I usually think that any coverage of sexual violence is helpful when it generates some discussion. And this most recent episode of Law and Order SVU has done just that. If you have not see the great comments by the Safe Date Project definitely read their very comprehensive overview of the issue.
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Dear Engaged Bystander,  if you have not seen this, NSVRC has been able to offer a discount on films with the Media Education Foundation.  They prodce some very interesting films and in particular, you may want to look at their newest film, The Line.   See the full description below. 
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joan
 
The Line Campaign Description:
A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker.

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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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