Perspectives of a Preventionista

By Jen Grove


Jen is the Prevention Outreach Coordinator at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

Blog Description: Connecting readers with innovative sexual violence prevention programs and resources.

 

Chicago skyline at duskWhat a pleasure it was to spend last week at the National Sexual Assault Conference in beautiful Chicago! It was a busy time, starting with the RPE Grantee meeting early in the week and then the NSAC.

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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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phone cord being cut with scissorsI’ve been thinking a bit more about self-care lately (see earlier blog post related to

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This week we have a guest preventionista! Liz Zadnik shares her perspectives on how to approach prevention work in a way that creates lasting, sustainable, and meaningful change.

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french friesHave you ever wondered what makes someone good at what they do?  Is it because they have a degree or educational background, is it the training they receive, or is it some innate quality that they possess?  Personally, I think it’s a combination of them all.

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young dancer tying shoesA few weeks ago, I attended my four-year old niece’s first dance recital.  Excitement was in the air as the little ones filed onto the stage and faced the crowd in the packed auditorium.   There were tutus and leotards aplenty, and enough tulle to fill the entire auditorium.  They danced – all cute and awkward as four year olds do

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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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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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