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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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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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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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