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.

 

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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How can stories help us in our mission to end sexual violence? 

According to Andy Goodman, nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications, storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess.

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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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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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At the National Sexual Assault Conference held in Baltimore last September, I had the great fortune of talking with some of the awesome and dynamic presenters about their unique approaches to the prevention of sexual violence.  These discussions resulted in a video podcast series called Mapping Prevention.  The next 5 blog posts will highlight these valuable conversations.  Have you wondered what draws people to prevention work?  What their vision is for preventing sexual violence?  What new and creative 

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What makes a prevention program successful?  That’s the million dollar question, right?  Some preventionists might think that if they just had more money, or if they had that one, perfect curriculum their program would be a success.  Although beneficial, we know that money and a great curriculum alone do not a successful program make.    

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