Dear Engaged Bystander: Ten stories for 10 years of incredible work by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. I hope that you will join me in wishing the NSVRC a very happy 10 year anniversary.  
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I am not someone who watches a lot of TV, but this new program, "What Would You Do?" fascinates me.  The premise of the ABC "News" Program is that they have various situations played by actors and then see how people react.  There are a number of scenarios that are well worth watching:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Here is another story of a hero, someone deciding to act.  It is a wonderful story of a bicyclist:

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Dear Engaged Bystanders:  I have some new heroes in Maine.  In case you have not seen the story, 5 female students heard another student at Husson College in Bangor Maine call for help.  They all jumped in to wrestle away the knife from her attacker, call the police and hold him imoblie until the police could arrive. 

Jennifer Hladik, one of the principle bystanders said she realized the importance of self defense, knowing what to do and how to do it:

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I was listening to the stories of two bridges on "This American Life" and was struck by the contrast.  The first is the Yangtze River Bridge, a massive bridge in China, known for it's massive size and high suicide rate.  You can read about Mr.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  For SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), the NSVRC is beginning a new project to collect stories where bystanders said something or did something. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I had the chance to talk with Lauren Sogor who showed, very concretely how it is often the little things that cause the shifts we need in our society.  Here is what she had to say: 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I read a wonderful quote recently about the importance of stories:
 
“Telling stories is as basic to human beings as eating. More so, in fact, for while food makes us live, stories are what make our lives worth living.”

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  If you have not read the book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Some Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, it is well worth your time to at least take a look. You can also hear an interview on the Today Show  or NPR's Morning Edition. Some say that it is going to be the next book to read after The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. 
 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I had the chance to talk with an incredible activist last week, Cassandra Thomas.  She shared her perspectives on why she cares so deeply about the bystander issue.  I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed having the chance to talk with her.  Warmly, Joan 
 
Why were you willing to be our first interview? (And thank you for doing that!)

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