In a recent article Matthew Peyton wrote about a U.K. barrister’s position that conversations about accountability for rape are sanitized. She expressed the opinion that victims hold some moral responsibility for the rapes perpetrated against them. I call this victim-blaming. As such, I’ve decided to rewrite this commentary.

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A report released today explores whether college and university policies in the U.S. are making the grade when it comes to addressing sexual assault. Making the Grade?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the messages that children receive from the world around them.  In our primary prevention work, we attempt to stop or counteract the negative messaging that bombards young people every day.

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mom-hugging-teen-sonYep, you heard me. Hug ‘em—especially the queer ones.

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Building healthy futures training flyerA few short weeks ago I was able to attend an incredible training on Promoting Sexual Health Amoung Youth.

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ball-and-chainThe Walk Free Foundation recently released its very first Global Slavery Index. This report documents the prevalence of modern day slavery across 162 countries worldwide.

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Eons ago in the beginning of 2013, I wrote a blog post about the Steubenville case. I lamented that 2012 was not the end of rape, and hoped beyond hope that it would be 2013. Alas, there’s still rape. Even more frustrating is the fact that another football town failed at responding to the needs of a victim of sexual violence.

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Image of school hallwayA new study shows sexual violence is prevalent among teens. Nearly 1 in 10 youths report having perpetrated an act of sexual violence according to the study.

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about communication in this high-tech world.  It all started when I walked out the door one morning and forgot my cell phone.   I didn’t realize it until I reached work.  Once I did, a feeling of panic washed over me.  What would I do without my phone?  What if there was a family emergency?  What if my car broke down on the way home from work?

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When was the last time you asked for a raise?

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Some of you may be snorting…or laughing…or completely dismayed by this question. You may be working at organizations that “don’t have it in the budget this year” or “have to ask staff to take a cut to keep everyone on” or, most recently, “the government shutdown will prevent your funds from being disbursed.”

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