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

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Okay, I admit it.  I’ve attempted to avoid anything and everything having to do with the Jerry Sandusky trial.   Every time I hear anything about it, I feel an overwhelming sense of sadness.

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paper dolls connecting handsI recently had the opportunity to take part in a training with our partner organization, the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN).

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If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past 14 years, it’s that there are very few “new” prevention concepts. Many initiatives come and go, and then come back again. It’s sort of like fashion. I never thought those leggings I wore back in the 80’s would ever come back around, and yet here they are again. Prevention ideas that were part of the foundational work of the civil rights and feminist movements many decades ago have made a comeback.

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Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad.  ~Author Unknown

I usually shy away from using cheesy quotes.  But for some reason, this quote has always stuck with me.  I probably have Hallmark to thank for that. 

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“Prevention is hard!”

 How many times have you heard that phrase?  Many people understand primary prevention as a good concept, but it can be challenging.  How does this approach to prevention play out in their community, and how do they get people to buy in to the concept that sexual violence is preventable?

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A few weeks ago, I was at a local store.  As I made my way to the checkout counter, I struck up a conversation with the young girl working there.  She informed me that she had just graduated high school.  When I asked her if she planned to attend college, she proudly stated that she would be going into the military this fall.  I found it interestin

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When I was little, the phrase, “mommy is tired” was one that my mom would occasionally use to signal that she needed some space.  Although not a mom, I have embraced the phrase when I need space from this work.   With all of the recent hullabaloo about the existence (or not, depending on who you talk to) of

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This week we have a guest preventionista! Liz Zadnik shares her perspectives on the recently released article, A Systematic Qualitative Review of Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Violence Perpetration (Trauma, Violence, & Abuse December 2012).

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While at a community event recently, I was asked what I do for a living.  I have a love/hate relationship with this question.  On one hand, I’m typically happy to tell people that I work to prevent sexual violence.  But sometimes, I just don’t want to open that can of worms.  But I decided to delve into my spiel about prevention, and menti

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