Dear Engaged Bystander:  Listening to stories is my passion – I learn so much from hearing how people cope, how people change, and I am especially moved by the strength and courage it takes to emerge into a new life after experiencing profound trauma. Stories are the way that people make sense of themselves and their world (Shannon, 1995). Throughout my career in prevention, I had the privilege of hearing hundreds of stories from families and friends who cared deeply enough to reach out for help. These are the stories that I carry wit
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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Do you think about what a difference the environment can make to ensure safety for all of us? How an organizational culture keeps children safe. Or a college culture is why women can feel safe going out at night? Most of us who work in this field talk about these concepts all of the time. Yet I find that others look at me with this blank stare. I think that it is often hard to see what needs to change in our environment when it is simply the world you have known your whole life. 
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Dear Engaged Bystander: We don’t often hear about male on male sexual abuse on college campuses. And according to one expert, that is part of the problem. Shira Tarrant acknowledges her reluctance to speak out initially and said that she was compelled to speak up because sexual assault breeds in a Petri dish of silence. 
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Dear Engaged Bystander: When faced with a subway flasher, woman decides she is not going to take it anymore

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Dear Engaged Bystander: What happened at your thanksgiving table this year? This year, our family gathering was the usual warm chaos, MUCH smaller (14 instead of 24), and lots of attention on the first great grandchild of this next generation. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I have worked for years in the field of sexual violence prevention with a focus on stopping the perpetration of child sexual abuse.  So when I read about this new campaign in the blog "Feministing", I just loved her opening line: 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  The Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention has released a new case study about the Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy. A case study can provide teachers with an excellent teaching tool which encourages a student to explore in depth what a particular program or strategy offers.

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  I usually think that any coverage of sexual violence is helpful when it generates some discussion. And this most recent episode of Law and Order SVU has done just that. If you have not see the great comments by the Safe Date Project definitely read their very comprehensive overview of the issue.
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Dear Engaged Bystander: Where ever I travel, I look for stories. I hear them all of the time, but then one story really touches my heart. Maybe it is the pain that I am feeling with the number of suicides by gay teens. Maybe it is because my son was bullied in 6th grade. Maybe it is the hope that someone else will help us care for our kids and that one person can make a huge difference. What makes this story so mesmerizing to me is that the special someone who steps out of her comfort zone can be the popular girl in her senior year. 

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Dear Engaged Bystander:  Those who tell the stories rule the world.(Hopi American Indian proverb an sometimes attributed to Plato)

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