Let's Talk Turkey

…in other words, let me get straight to the point.

Recently, I was thinking about all the things I love about this work.  Sure, working to prevent sexual violence can be challenging, and can take a lot of time, patience, and perseverance.  But it’s so rewarding when you catch glimpses of the tides changing toward the positive.  And it brings to mind the many things I am thankful for.  Here are just a few:

  • All of the hardworking preventionists in the states and territories – those working at the local level, at the coalition, and the health departments and other state government offices.  I’m so happy to know you and to have met many of you in my travels this year!
  • Speaking of travels – thanks to all those who invited me to their states this year to catch a glimpse of the awesome work you are doing.  Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, North Carolina – I’m talking to you!
  • The organizations that have developed amazing prevention resources this year.  I’m constantly in awe of the wisdom, talent, and creativity that we have out there in the field!
  • My many wonderful co-workers who help in so many ways to develop and distribute our prevention resources – most notably Liz Zadnik from PCAR (my partner in prevention!) for working with me to develop the Perfect Shade of Change prevention resource packet; Liz and Ali Mailen Perrotto (our resident feminista blogger!) for helping create our evaluation online learning course (coming very soon!); and our consultant, Dr. Stephanie Townsend, for her amazing work on our 3 year Prevention Strengths and Needs Assessment project.

This list could go on and on.  There are many people and organizations doing such amazing prevention work.  I really look forward to this next year and all that it brings as we work together toward an end to sexual violence.

Feel free to post who or what you are thankful for by commenting below!