the RISE project Blog

Once more…

August 22nd, 2012 -

I am listening to various reactions after the statements made by Missouri congressman Todd Akin.  Specifically I’ve been listening to folks from ‘my camp’ – prevention educators, crisis responders, counselors, allies… and what I hear is two-fold. Akin’s comments seem to serve as a rallying cry – a ‘once more into the breach’ moment.  Anger, [...]


The new year…

August 7th, 2012 -

It’s been quiet here at the WWC Blog – the office is getting ready for another year with retreats and meetings in full swing… the relaxed pace of summer is giving way to… what? …a more ‘kinetic’ day-to-day… there is an excitement, an energy to the campus once again… As I consider the year ahead [...]


Collective Impact for Sexual Violence Prevention

July 24th, 2012 -

Another short post here – but this links to a CALCASA post with great resources… some good stuff for considering prevention work in the socio-ecological model…


Is there more? Thoughts on the Freeh Report…

July 23rd, 2012 -

Today we all read that Penn State will be fined $60-million (among other penalties) for their role in Sandusky’s crime spree. As I finished reading the Freeh Report last week – I was left wanting… the crimes Sandusky committed were not properly reported.  This is a crime.  And this violates the Clery Act. But what about [...]


A re-post from…

July 19th, 2012 -

This will be a short entry today… I thought it would be more helpful to simply direct you to an article from – found here. As always, if you need to talk about anything in this report, if you have questions about these issues, if you or a friend could use a little support [...]


Your silence is screaming – a blog post from NSVRC

July 13th, 2012 -

While the internet is currently full of posts and opinions about the Freeh Report, Penn State, and Sandusky himself – some blogs, articles and op-eds have stood out to me more than others. The following is a snippet from a blog on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (you can find the full post here): [...]


The Freeh Report is available…

July 12th, 2012 -

The Freeh Report on the Penn State investigation (re: the Sandusky case) is now available – You can read what the New York Times has to say about the report here. Or the full report here. Certainly for some reading these articles and reports will be challenging, for others angering – for all of us [...]


MVP – are you in?

July 10th, 2012 -

In late May/early June 2012, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) held a bystander intervention conference. Research tells us when bystanders choose to get involved – not just in the moment of an assault – but more generally in their day-to-day actions with their community (click here for more on the ‘levels’ of prevention and intervention) [...]


(the) RISE (of) Social Media…

July 9th, 2012 -

We’re expanding our social media toolkit… if you’re reading this then you are aware of the newly created RISE blog!  We also have a Facebook page and will be expanding to Twitter soon – and who knows to where from there… In part this expansion into the digital frontier is an experiment – in part [...]


A need for openness and disclosure…

July 9th, 2012 -

While the investigation at Penn State around Sandusky (his criminal behavior and the colleges response to the reported behaviors) is active – and conclusions should not be made prematurely – a report at CNN reads: “Joe Paterno’s apparent preference for handling scandalous issues internally, and what role that may have played in a potential cover-up [...]