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Dear Engaged Bystander: This is the last of 3 postings by Meg Stone.  Thank you Meg for the guest blog postings! 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander. I know that being an engaged bystander is not easy. We address issues many people would rather ignore. We have to communicate with enough self-assuredness that we are not dismissed and simultaneously approach challenging conversations with warmth and flexibility so that people feel supported and motivated to change.
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I am thrilled to announce that Meg Stone has agreed to be our first guest blogger next week. For those of you who may not know her, Meg is the executive director of IMPACT self defense.

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What motivated you to become an “Engaged Bystander”?
In college, a woman I dated shared with me that she had been abused by a previous boyfriend. Another told me she had been coerced into having sex. Hearing about that, and hearing about what it meant to be female, especially from someone I really cared about, opened my eyes. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander: I know that to really change our culture around bystander enagement, we can not do it alone. In fact, it makes no sense for me to write about bystander engagement in isolation – it violates the very spirit and values we need to break the isolation of sexual violence. So I have been looking for ways to have other voices in this blog and this week, I wanted to feature the new blog by BARCC (the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center).  The video blog about racism make an essential point for our movement as well. 

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