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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Picture of speaker Sarah Rice with text "Recap: National Campus Sexual Assault Summit"Campus sexual assault has been getting some fierce attention in the media, online and through policy la

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“Many hands make light work” – that’s a phrase you don’t hear enough, right?  If we’re being honest, sometimes many hands also make quite a mess of things.   As someone who tends to want to do things for herself with little help, I sometimes find the collaborative nature of our work to be a bit challenging.  I

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path-victim-survivor-quoteIn reflecting on the power and process of reclaiming words in an oppressive system, it only seems fitting to spend some time talking about movement-specific words and the choice to use them or avoid

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In systems of oppression, it’s common to use words to degrade or breakdown members of the oppressed group. Working to dismantle these systems may involve efforts to reclaim a word. While this has happened time and again in a variety of outlets, it seems like there is never consensus on whether or not reclaiming words is appropriate. I thought I’d spend some time presenting a few of these words and a bit about their reclamation.

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School supplies with text "back 2 school"Are you excited about fall? I am a lover of summer, but the cooler weather that is sweeping us toward a new season has been beautiful.
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Woman-applying-makeup-mirror-imageA comment thread on the NSVRC Facebook page got me thinking. This isn’t new…our Facebook community is always making me think. Smart folks!

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the National Sexual Assault Conference in L.A.  It’s not often that you get the chance to be surrounded by 1,400 colleagues/friends/fellow anti-sexual violence activists/advocates/preventionists.  What a great way to spend the week, not to mention the fact that we got to soak up the glorious California sunshine. 

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The morning plenary session at the National Sexual Assault Conference erupted in a group chant that sent chills up my spine. "Si se puede!" led by speaker Dolores Huerta. The power of 1400 voices rising together, believing that ending sexual violence is possible, made the struggles, frustrations, and doubts throughout the year worthwhile.

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