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.

 

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 intere

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There’s nothing I love hearing about more than programs that think outside the box. And when we look at it in terms of the social ecological model (SEM), we could use the phrase “thinking outside of the sphere”.  So, what do I mean by this? 

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I think I’ve mentioned once or twice (okay, maybe more like a dozen times!) that I love traveling and meeting preventionists around the nation.  Lately, I’ve been doing what I call the Preventionista Road Show.  I’ve been in the great states of Nebraska and Washington, talking about

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Another day, another report of military sexual violence in the news.   This comes on the heels of the Department of Defense annual report on sexual assault in the military.  I'm sad.  And I'm angry.

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That’s right…a hole in my brand new, mint green sweater.  As I arrived to work on this Denim Day, I reached for the appropriate awareness button on my cubicle wall (please tell me I am not the only one with a plethora of pins and buttons for every social justice activist o

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Ah, spring.  The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and I am finding many more reasons to be outside at this time of year.   In fact, this past weekend found me spending a lovely day with friends in Brooklyn.  The weather was perfect as we mingled with people at an outdoor food festival. 

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In case you missed it, there have been some heated debates going on the past few weeks about whether or not we can really prevent rape.  Sometimes I get so comfy in my “prevention is possible” bubble that I forget not everyone thinks the same way I do.

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Picture this: A high school party, lots of alcohol, star football players, and a young, unconscious girl.  A recipe for disaster, some might say.  

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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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