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  • 07 May 2013 12:53 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: (2006) In response to Philip Zimbardo's "The Demise of Guys?" TED talk, Gary Wilson asks whether our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today's Internet enticements. He also discusses the disturbing symptoms showing up in some heavy Internet users, the surprising reversal of those symptoms, and the science behind these 21st century phenomena.

    More About Gary Wilson: Gary is host of www.yourbrainonporn.com. The site arose in response to a growing demand for solid scientific information by heavy Internet erotica users experiencing perplexing, unexpected effects: escalation to more extreme material, concentration difficulties, sexual performance problems, radical changes in sexual tastes, social anxiety, irritability, inability to stop, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
  • 29 Mar 2013 2:43 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: From NSVRC!

    This week the Talk early, talk often series continues on the SAAM Blog with a guest post from author and expert Dr. Janet Rosenzweig. Join us on Tueday, April 2 for a twitter chat hosted by @JanetRosenzweig on child sexual abuse prevention. Use the hashtag #TweetAboutIt to participate. 

    Parents are the strongest influence on their children's decisions about sex and sexuality, yet most parents underestimate their own power. A major national survey reported in 2010 that 46 percent of teens continue to say that parents most influence their decisions about sex, while just 20 percent say friends most influence their decisions. At the same time, parents overestimate the influence media and friends have on their children's decisions about sex and underestimate their own.

    The same study tells us that 88 percent of parents agree with the statement that "parents believe they should talk to their kids about sex but often don’t know what to say, how to say it, or when to start." (Albert 2010)

  • 29 Mar 2013 2:37 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). In observance, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s (NSVRC) annual Visionary Voice Award highlights individuals throughout the country whose prevention work is making an impact in their communities. Nominees are selected by state, tribal or territorial anti-sexual violence coalitions.

    NSVRC, in partnership with the following coalitions, is pleased to announce the 2013 Visionary Voice Award winners!

  • 29 Mar 2013 2:30 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. The 2013 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign  focuses on healthy sexuality and child sexual abuse prevention. This April, join the conversation. Start talking about healthy childhood development to prevent child sexual abuse.

    10 Ways to Participate

    1.       Highlight the SAAM Day of Action on Tuesday, April 2!

    2.       Share resources that prevent child sexual abuse. Learn more about how all adults can play a role in healthy childhood sexual development:

    3.       Spread the word! Campaign logos, posters and images for Facebook and Twitter are available for download.

    4.       Meet us on the Street! Take a stand to end harassment for International Anti-street Harassment Week, April 7-13, 2013

    5.       Find or share an event in your community. Connect with a local organization and promote what’s happening locally.

    6.       Join us for Twitter chats on Tuesdays in April! #TweetAboutIt

    7.       Use your voice to “Talk early, talk often.” Find inspiration from the SAAM blog “Talk early, talk often” series.

    8.       Represent by wearing denim on “Denim Day” Wednesday, April 24.

    9.       Celebrate visionaries! Visionary Voices Award winners across the country as making a difference.

    10.   Educate and promote media literacy! Discounts on Media Education Foundation films for SAAM

    Visit www.nsvrc.org/saam to learn more. Many resources are available in Spanish (recursos en Español). Share with us! Let us know how you are participating in SAAM.  Share events, videos, pictures and announcements with NSVRC on Facebook and Twitter.

    Here’s to an eventful, awareness building April & sustained conversation on sexual violence prevention!

  • 27 Mar 2013 1:22 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    NSVRC announces new research: Plummer, C. (2013, March). Using Policies to Promote Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: What is Working?. Harrisburg, PA: VAWnet, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. 

    Excerpt: This Applied Research paper reviews both international and U.S.-based policy efforts to promote sexual abuse prevention and offers considerations for policy development in communities and organizations. Listen to the accompanying podcast interview with Alisa Klein.

  • 18 Mar 2013 9:43 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)

    Excerpt: Unfortunately, acts of child sexual exploitation are all to familiar to the staff of NCMEC, a Congressionally authorized non-profit organization that works with law enforcement, families and other professionals on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children.

    But it doesn't have to be that way. With better education, increased law enforcement and greater awareness its possible to better protect children in sporting programs, youth-serving organizations and everywhere else.

    On March 19th and 20th, NCMEC is sponsoring a conference called Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse, where it will convene more than 50 youth-serving organizations, including the YMCA, Special Olympics, USA Swimming, USA Gymnastics, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to talk about the issue of preventing abuse of children in sports programs.

    NCMEC CEO John Ryan said "one of the deliverables of the summit will be to bring these leading national youth organizations to the Center and develop what we are calling sound practices so that parents can ask the right questions and that they can be assured that these organizations have the appropriate policies in place."

  • 18 Mar 2013 9:34 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The NSVRC is partnering with the Media Education Foundation for National Sexual Violence Awareness Month 2013 to offer reduced pricing on select films exclusively to Sexual Assault Awareness Month activity organizers. You can order films at SAAM prices through April 30, 2013. Over 20 fabulous films are included!


  • 13 Mar 2013 10:43 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Excerpt: Summer 2013! Stop Porn Culture is now LIVE with a brand-new website, which lists summer events in Boston, Mass such as a Media Institute, an SPC training, and a feminist teach-in.

  • 27 Feb 2013 2:04 PM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    Press Release: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) announced today it has teamed up with the Poynter Institute’s News University to create a free, online course for journalists, educators and the public on how to report on sexual violence. The course will help journalists go beyond conventional reporting to help audiences learn more about the reality of sexual violence, and will help them cover the topic with context, accuracy and sensitivity.

    The free course, Reporting on Sexual Violence, will teach journalists how to report on sexual violence in a factual, trustworthy manner; how to generate story ideas that go beyond crime reports; and how to help audiences understand the impact of sexual violence and engage them in prevention efforts.
  • 29 Jan 2013 9:11 AM | Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis (Administrator)
    The Slate author Jennifer Bleyer asks the question: Why Aren't We Doing More to Stop Child Pornography Before it Starts?

    Nowhere in either article is the most dark and disturbing question asked: Why do some grown men want to rape or molest little kids? Or even look at images of such acts? You might answer that it’s because they’re sick perverts, but "sick pervert" is neither a medical diagnosis nor a psychiatric designation. Believing that the world is simply pocked with sick perverts who are destined to rape and molest children is, in a way, to give into the inevitability of their crimes with our fingers crossed that they'll be caught. (Most are not.) It does nothing to prevent men like John from doing what he did, nor what happened to Nicole and Amy from happening again. 

    That’s why researchers are increasingly studying child sexual abuse as a public health issue, with a focus on identifying risk factors that may lead to abuse and protective factors that may prevent it. But compared to the many millions of dollars we spend on civil commitment, trials, imprisonment, sex offender registration, and the like, we spend almost nothing on prevention.

    “We're investing all of our money in a very small number of people,” Joan Tabachnick, a co-chair of the Prevention Committee of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, told me. “The primary prevention part, before any child is harmed undefined that’s where we need to ratchet it back to. But the way we invest is completely reactive and doesn't look at most situations of sexual abuse.”

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