www paperclipsI know I’ve said this before, but I am constantly amazed at all the great prevention work going on around the nation.  But I’m even more amazed by the people who are out there doing the work.    I’ve been reminded of this lately as I’ve been involved in several

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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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There’s no place like home!

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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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When I began working in the anti-violence movement 14 years ago, I never imagined I would be sitting here today writing a blog about prevention.  But yet, here I am.  After years of working in community-based rape crisis programs as a counselor, advocate, educator, and supervisor I had the fortune of coming to work at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.  By the third day, I was heavily immersed in the

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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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This week we have a guest preventionista! Liz Zadnik shares her perspectives on how to approach prevention work in a way that creates lasting, sustainable, and meaningful change.

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This week the Preventionista features a guest blog post by Jennifer Benner, NSVRC Resource Development Specialist. She discusses the recent case in Steubenville and tools for engaging bystanders in sexual violence prevention.

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girl and boy talkingAs I mentioned in a previous post, I had the great fortune of attending the Build Peace conference at MIT in April.  There were many peacebuilding

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