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By on October 13, 2009


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(18 min) This is an interview with Meghan O'Connor and Laura Fidler of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (the Alliance). In conjunction with eleven of the city’s rape crisis programs, in 2008 the Alliance initiated the second phase of Project ENVISION, a 6-year sexual violence primary prevention demonstration project. In this phase, the Alliance trained community researchers in participatory action research methods to conduct needs assessments in three New York City communities: Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the South Bronx and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Participatory action research was utilized as a community mobilizing strategy: By emphasizing meaningful community involvement at all stages of the research and generating awareness about sexual violence prevention, this approach acts as a component of a primary prevention intervention. In this interview, O'Connor and Fidler discuss Project ENVISION and the research finding to date.

Visit the Project ENVISION website at:

This interview was recorded by phone on October 13, 2009.

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