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Media, Pop Culture & Prevention

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The topic of this issue of Partners in Social Change is media, pop culture and its relationship to sexual violence prevention. The classic photograph on the cover is indicative of our complicated relationship with pop culture. We are simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the imagery we see on a daily basis. As people committed to ending sexual violence we are frequently aware of images and words that support a culture of sexual violence and exploitation. The question becomes, "Are the images the cause of the violence or merely a depiction of reality?" Perhaps the answer is both. If pop culture is indeed both symptomatic and causal, we will only be able to develop effective sexual violence prevention strategies through its incorporation into our analysis of the issue as well as our prevention efforts.

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Reviewed: July 11th, 2016