April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and as a way to capture what SANEs and other forensic clinicians are doing to commemorate the month (including the Day of Action on April 20th), we've got a little giveaway over at FHO. One random reader will win a $50 Amazon.com gift card for responding to our question, so come check it out!

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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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One of the issues we've heard repeatedly in this project is the challenges staff and contract SANEs feel in communicating with their managers and agency administrators. Not feeling like they have a voice and not feeling like their concerns are being addressed has led to problems with retaining good quality, competent nurses.

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First off, apologies for the paucity of posts as of late. I am smack in the middle of a 12 city/8 week tour of the US (because March and April are incredibly busy training months), and I simply haven't been able to keep up. This week is relatively quiet with only an overnighter for me tonight, so I hope to get more content up than I have over the past 2 weeks.
 

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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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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:  The front page of the Sunday NY Times had a story titled “Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Youths Showing Off Online.”    There is so much to say on this issue. 
 

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Dear Engaged Bystander, A friend just sent me the NY Times article about a 15 year old girl who was physically attacked in Seattle while four security guards looked on and did nothing. The video is astonishing, but  I decided NOT to post it here – you can easily find the YouTube link within the NY Times article.   
 

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