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NEWSLETTER   /   January 11, 2010

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In this issue of the PreventConnect Newsletter:

  • Trent Wagler on using Student Connections to do comprehensive prevention
  • Peggy Diggs about art as a tool for the prevention of violence against women
  • Project ENVISION: using participatory action research to explore community norms

Trent Wagler
Trent Wagler

Student Connections Club

(12 min) In this interview Trent Wagler, Prevention Educator for The Collins Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, describes the Student Connections Club. This high school-based program to prevent sexual and dating violence uses multiple linked components to engage various levels of the social ecology of Harrisonburg high schools. The Student Connections Club was recognized as an example of comprehensive prevention efforts in the article Sexual Violence Prevention, written by David Lee et al. and published in The Prevention Researcher in 2007.

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Peggy Diggs
Peggy Diggs

Art as a Tool for Prevention

(14 min) In this interview with Peggy Diggs, artist and lecturer at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the role and potential uses for art in the prevention of violence against women is discussed. Diggs gives several examples, including work she created after talking to women incarcerated for murdering their abusive partners.

Her current portfolio is available online at:

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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.

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