This post is a dispatch from my real-life experience as an impromtu educator with a group of rising high school seniors on a recent Saturday morning. I'll be the first one to admit that teens can be a tough crowd, especially on Saturday mornings!

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Something very exciting is happening this week in Chicago! The National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) brings together professionals across disciplines for an intentional time of training, networking and development.

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Last week it was exciting to be able to announce the theme for SAAM 2013. Yes, we are still talking about healthy sexuality but the upcoming campaign will be looking at child sexual abuse prevention specifically too. 

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In my last post, after taking a moment to fill you in on some behind the scenes planning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2013, I hinted at sharing some campaign details soon.

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Image of drawn curtainLet me paint a picture for you. You are sitting between family and friends, center of the aisle, that preferable distance from the stage. You are back far enough to take everything in but still see the closer details of the show. The curtain’s drawn, but the scene is set.

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Mixed Messages

This morning a two-hour drive from Philadelphia to Harrisburg had me listening to an unusually full set of morning news programming. As world, business, and local news updates cycled and my morning coffee settled in, two stories in particular caught my attention.

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The interwebs are just crawling with information about sex. Well, let me rephrase that to there is plenty of sex on the internet. Suffice it to say quantity is no indicator of quality when it comes to the topic of sex and the internet, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people talking about it in helpful, healthy ways.

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If you have been watching the headlines, an unfortunate reality has come to the forefront of mainstream media and in-turn our broader culture’s conversation: child sexual abuse happens.

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In the down time since April, we keep-up the conversation about sex, sexuality and preventing violence. But, it doesn’t quite look like this: three days, hundreds of professionals, hours upon hours of talking sex, sex, sex.

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Something exciting is happening this week, and I'd like to pass the proverbial "mic" to an NSVRC colleague whose passion for WEAAD is contagious! Oh, but first - let me fill you in, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day or WEAAD is an awesome campaign that proudly declares: My World...Your World...Our World – Free of Elder Abuse.

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