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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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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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female soldier salutingI love when my friends who are not in this work ask me interesting questions about prevention.  It’s nice to know that my long and heartfelt speeches don't always go in one ear and out the other.  Case in point:  yesterday a friend asked me this question:

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How do you know if your prevention program is effective?  Are you seeing the positive outcomes that you hoped to see?  Is the program “worth its weight”?  

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Over the past week, I have rediscovered my inner activist.  Patience is not typically one of my virtues.  It’s something that I’ve had to work on, because as you know prevention of sexual violence takes time.  So, I’ve spent a lot of time training and talking to people, working with groups, and waiting patiently as they climbed aboard the Primary Prevention Express.  It has been exciting and rewarding to see the shift in thinking and the re-connection to our roots as a movement when it comes to social change and community mobilization.

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kids jumpingI recently returned from a holiday gathering with my family.  It was wonderful to spend time together.  I was also surrounded by my darling nieces and nephews for 5 days.  Now, I love those kids.  But one thing you need to know about me is that I am a SINK (Single Income No Kids) through and through, and while I love those children as if t

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

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There’s no place like home!

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This week the Preventionista features a guest blog post by Liz Zadnik. Liz discusses the recent Applied Research Center case studies examining the relationship between racial justice and LGBTQ communities.

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