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NEWSLETTER   /   April 12, 2011

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In this issue of the PreventConnect Newsletter, we are pleased to share the following stories:


Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw

Men speak out about sexist coverage of rape: A call to action

(15 mins) PreventConnect's David Lee talks with Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon, from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and Michael Shaw, from Waypoint Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about why they signed a statement with more than 40 men titled Men speak out about sexist coverage of rape: A call to action.

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Elizabeth Miller
Dr. Elizabeth Miller

Dr. Elizabeth Miller discusses reproductive coercion and teen dating violence

(16 mins) Dr. Elizabeth Miller speaks about her article "Pregnancy coercion, intimate partner violence and unintended pregnancy" that appeared in the April 2010 issue of the journal Contraception. In this discussion, she explores reproductive coercion and the implications for primary prevention of teen dating violence and sexual violence.

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Ben Privot
Ben Privot

Consensual Project: 'The antithesis of sexual violence'

(11 mins) Ben Privot, Founder of the Consensual Project, discusses activities to promote consent, which Privot describes as "the antithesis of sexual violence." A key activity of The Consensual Project is the workshop "Consent: From Hookups to Relationships."

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Peace Over Violence

Peace Over Violence preps for Denim Day LA

(3 mins) Sari Lorge, from Peace Over Violence, talks about the agency's annual Denim Day LA event. Organized annually since 1999 by the Los Angeles-based Peace Over Violence, Denim Day in LA and Denim Day USA recalls an Italian Supreme Court case that sparked international outrage when judges overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The judges ruled that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent. Denim Day in LA is now a rape prevention education campaign that engages community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on this day wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

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