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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.

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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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Wouldn’t it be nice to have one day where you don’t have to confront racist, sexist, harmful messages?  I had this thought recently as I was traveling for work.  I make it a point to try and catch the local news at least once while I am traveling in a different city.  It’s a good way to find out what importan

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shovel with dirtLast week, I was happy to see the release of the new report from the White House Council on Women and Girls, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action.  I, like man

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a hard time getting out of my usual post-holiday slump.  New Year’s Day found me on the couch, channel surfing as I could not bring myself to do much else.  I decided to binge-watch a television show (I’ve been informed that this is what people do now – sitting down for hours at a time, watching multiple seasons of a TV show, so I decided to give it a try).  I’ve had many friends recommend th

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It’s been a banner week for anti-street harassment work!   And I, for one, am very excited. 

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Evaluation – what does that word bring up for you?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the messages that children receive from the world around them.  In our primary prevention work, we attempt to stop or counteract the negative messaging that bombards young people every day.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about communication in this high-tech world.  It all started when I walked out the door one morning and forgot my cell phone.   I didn’t realize it until I reached work.  Once I did, a feeling of panic washed over me.  What would I do without my phone?  What if there was a family emergency?  What if my car broke down on the way home from work?

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“Many hands make light work” – that’s a phrase you don’t hear enough, right?  If we’re being honest, sometimes many hands also make quite a mess of things.   As someone who tends to want to do things for herself with little help, I sometimes find the collaborative nature of our work to be a bit challenging.  I

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Sexual Assault Conference in L.A.  It’s not often that you get the chance to be surrounded by 1,400 colleagues/friends/fellow anti-sexual violence activists/advocates/preventionists.  What a great way to spend the week, not to mention the fact that we got to soak up the glorious California sunshine. 

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