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NSVRC Blogs by Julie Patrick


Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Julie’s work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies, and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

"Whiteness is our default way of talking about sexual violence. But it cannot be."

Fear limits our ability as sexual and domestic violence prevention advocates to address the roots of violence. It’s the fear of talking about racial inequity – saying the wrong thing or being called racist – and also fear of retaliation for wanting to talk about it. In turn, we can recreate these same inequities within organizations. This conversation is for everyone – we all need to work from the places we have privilege.

by Julie Patrick, National Partners Liaison at Raliance for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

By Julie Patrick, National Partners Liaison at Raliance for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

What do the recent trends and events in the news and entertainment media, in advocacy and activism, as well as policy and beyond tell us about our progress in the movement to end sexual violence?