April = Sexual Assault Awareness Month GraphicIt’s the last day of March, which means Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and April will be here before we know it. Are you ready for #SAAM?

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When I was little, the phrase, “mommy is tired” was one that my mom would occasionally use to signal that she needed some space.  Although not a mom, I have embraced the phrase when I need space from this work.   With all of the recent hullabaloo about the existence (or not, depending on who you talk to) of

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When LP sent me the link to the Time Opinion piece opining the grave travesty that is “Rape Culture Theory,” I got so pissed that I had to get away from it halfway through. Are you kidding me? I started the process of planning how all of the NSVRC bloggers could take it bit by bit and pick it to pieces. It was a two week process.

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Women’s history is filled with many victories, as well as struggles. The work of the suffragists from the mid 1800’s set a tone and a presence for generations of women after. They worked to obtain the right to vote, which they may not have seen in their lifetime. However, many who have come after them have been able to reap the reward of their persistent hard work.

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Graphic with text SAAM and social mediaCan you believe it’s almost April? I can hardly contain my excitement for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If you are feeling the same way, don’t worry! It’s time to start spreading the word.

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ELO Conference TablePurely by chance I learned about an opportunity to exhibit at a conference for educators and educational support professionals.

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Parrots talkingThis April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign proclaims it’s time to talk about supporting young people. It’s been said, many times, youth are the future.

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GSA Summit exhibit tableA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to exhibit at a statewide Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Summit at Dickinson College.

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I am going to go out on a limb for a moment in hopes that I can say this and have it be the truth. With longer days and daylight savings rolling in this weekend, perhaps we can expect warmer days to return as well. Although, I enjoy snow activities, I’m ready for a change. The NSVRC library is coming into a change as well. The library catalog is in the midst of a little revamping. It’s a bit like the remodeling shows on HGTV that I am completely addicted to. It’s in the midst of a “renovation.”

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So you’re sitting around the table having a nice Friday night with your parents and adult siblings. Passing around the takeout containers, finding enough clean forks, and then, suddenly, the rape culture conversation starts.

A sister is discussing the community safety alerts that have been coming out recently at her college. Another asks what they’re for. Sister #1 says they’re pretty serious, robberies and rapes.

Sister #2: “Real rape or cry rape?”

*Ears perk up…what now?

Sister #1: No, it’s real rape. But we had someone cry rape one time last year.

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