PISC

Partners in Social Change

Partners in Social Change (PISC) is published bi-annually by the Prevention Resource Center. The focus of this publication is to present information and resources for the prevention of sexual violence, with a special emphasis on social change.

Agents of Primary Prevention
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January, 2011

The bystander approach is an encouraging prevention strategy that uses positive messaging and sustainable techniques. This approach removes the pressure we feel to single-handedly create social change through a one-time presentation. Working with bystanders focuses on building skills, developing meaningful relationships, and fostering community ownership. This prevention method takes the responsibility off the educator or advocate and shifts it to the community. Every person has the ability…

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Bystanders
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June, 2012

In this issue of "Partners in Social Change," we examine some of the programs, approaches, and resources that exist for sexual violence prevention on campuses. Much of what is happening across campuses and being promoted at the national level is designed to raise awareness that sexual violence is happening, reduce risks for potential victims, improve services and response to victims, and potentially stop isolated incidences of violence. We begin by reviewing considerations and resources.…

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Schools & Campus
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June, 2007

Over the past decade, community sexual assault programs, community activists, social service providers and community members, in addition to the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs and its funding partners, have engaged in the process of being that "small group of thoughtful and committed citizen" seeking to change our world. This issue contains the stories of three of those communities and the challenges and successes along the way.

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Theory & Concepts
Building Connections and Affecting Change
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June, 2017

The articles in this issue of "PISC" provide several examples of programming that is driven by those in the community. While the programs utilize slightly different approaches and activities, there is a central theme of flexibility in the way these programs have worked with stakeholders. Some of the stories you will read are about groups just beginning their journey of social change while others describe more long-standing community approaches. Some stories describe the use of specific…

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Planning, Strategies, Program Design
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June, 2013

In our work to end sexual violence, we have come to realize we need to do more than just tell people that sexual violence is a problem. We need to help communities build skills to engage in the proactive, positive behaviors we want to see. A great place to start is with a discussion of consent. As preventionists, it's our role to help communities understand and hopefully practice meaningful consent.

The articles in this issue of "PISC" are a starting place for the discussion of…

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Consent
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June, 2011

In this issue of "Partners in Social Change" we examine what it looks like to engage men in sexual violence prevention. Much of the work we do focuses on how communities can prevent sexual violence; therefore this issue seeks to examine men as a community that has the potential to help create social change. The notion that men need to be involved in ending gender-based violence is not new by any means, but we want to take a look at how we can genuinely involve men as part of a movement that…

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Gender Specific
& Promising Practices
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November, 2007

The theme for this issue is "integration" — integration of direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, integration of lessons learned from the field and integration of promising practices. When we weave together these elements with our current prevention strategies, we begin to create best-practice sexual violence prevention plans for our local communities.

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Theory & Concepts
Enhancing Prevention With Art
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May, 2016

There is a lot of research and support on the arts as a teaching tool and a therapy modality. It is also very often a great platform for awareness projects that give voice to survivors and community activists making statements on social change. All of these uses of art — awareness raising and supporting survivor healing — are important pieces of the puzzle in moving towards ending sexual violence.

This issues of "PISC" seeks to explore how art can be applied in a comprehensive…

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Awareness Raising, Therapy
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June, 2014

Have you ever heard the phrase "let's unpack that"? Sometimes I think that might be the slogan at the heart of primary prevention work. If telling communities that rape or sexual violence is wrong was enough, I think we would all be out of jobs by now. The thing about rape culture that makes it challenging to dismantle is that it can be really hard to see. It's woven into the fabric of almost everything — and especially the media.

The articles in this issue of "PISC" provide a…

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Media Literacy & Technology
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March, 2010

Washington is a leading agricultural state. Some of our delicious foods are the lentils of the Palouse, the wine of the Columbia Valley, the famous Walla Walla onions, basket upon basket of Ferndale raspberries, and the crisp apples we're known for (my favorite is the tart Cripps Pink). The food is delicious, but farming is not easy. It is very hard work, and takes a lot of low-paid labor to fill our grocery stores and pantries at prices we are accustomed to. Much of the labor is performed…

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Immigrant & Refugee, Culturally Specific

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