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Release Date: December 15, 2021 - This Is How We Change The World

Social norms are the unwritten rules of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are considered acceptable in a particular social group or culture. An important part of prevention is understanding what social norms are problematic and how do we replace them with new social norms that prevent sexual violence at all levels.  Dr. Laura Kollar with the CDC joins us to discuss how we go about the changes and ultimately how we change the world.

Topics Covered Include:

  • What exactly is a social norm?
  • What is the difference between a social norm and a narrative
  • How are social norms established, and how long does it typically take
  • How long do the effects of a social norms campaign last
  • How do social norms campaigns work (particularly as it relates to sexual violence) – what are the steps, and how much time should you be prepared to dedicate to it?
  • Examples of social norms changes across the social ecological levels



STOP SV: A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence


Release Dat: Dec 1, 2021 - Before You Swipe: The Not So Hidden Risks Of Online Dating


49.7 million U.S. singles have tried online dating representing 91% of all the single people in the country. 10%, or almost 5 million U.S. profiles are fake.  Additionally 10% of sex offenders are on at least one dating site.

Thousands of crimes are facilitated by online dating apps annually- everything from thefts and scams to abductions, rapes, and murders. So how how is an industry that made $4 billion keeping their subscribers safe? The answer may surprise you.

Nancy Jo Sales is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has written for Vanity Fair and many other publications. Her latest book, Nothing Personal: My Secret Life In the Dating App Inferno (2021), is a memoir of her time on dating apps intertwined with research and interviews about the online dating industry.  In 2018, she released her HBO documentary, Swiped: Hooking Up In the Digital Age.  

Nancy Jo discusses with us just how common problematic behavior online is, what the risks to users of dating apps are and what the dating app companies are (or are not) doing to ensure the safety of their users.



Release Date: Nov 24, 2021 - Why Does Sexual Harassment Go Unreported

With the cost of workplace sexual harassment for both the survivor and the business so high, why is the issue so under reported and what can businesses do to better prevent it? Professor Alice Hsiaw, the Assistant Professor of Economics at the International Business School at Brandeis University, and Ing-Haw Cheng, Associate Professor at University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management, both wondered the same thing. In their upcoming research paper titled "Reporting Sexual Misconduct slated for publication in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, they take a look at just how complicated the process of coming forward after harassment really is and offers insight.


Topics Covered 

  • How has the #MeToo movement both positively and negatively impacted reporting of workplace sexual harassment
  • How they idea of "game theory" impacts why someone does or does not disclose harassment
  • How can the research be used to improve harassment prevention and reporting policies and procedures



Release Date: Nov 3, 2021 - NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith and Machiavelli Have Advice For Women In The Workplace


Women, and other marginalized populations such as people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ, continue to find themselves on the receiving end of harassment and sexual violence in the workplace. So how can we bring those scales in balance and reduce risk.

Our guest on this episode has some insight- from a very unlikely source. Stacey Vanek Smith is the cohost The Indicator from Planet Money. She's also a correspondent for Planet Money, where she covers business and economics. She also has a new book out called Machiavelli for Women: Defend Your Worth, Grow Your Ambition, and Win the Workplace.


Topics Include

  • Why is Machiavelli, of all people, a good source of inspiration for women wanting to get ahead in the workplace?
  • What is Cinderella syndrome and being in the hot box?
  • Why are women waiting so long to ask for promotions
  • What is  “professional herding,” and can woman avoid being herded into a direction or even as career they don’t’ want?
  • How has the #metoo movement changed the workplace environment for women?
  • Why are women interrupted so much and what can they do to prevent it?
  • What are communication "softeners"  and are they good or bad or both?



Release Date: Oct 20, 2021 - Sexual Violence Prevention Needs A Few Good Men (And Boys)


In the CDC’s technical package for sexual violence prevention, one of the strategies they name is “Promote Social Norms that Protect Against Violence” with one of the recommended approaches as engaging men and boys as allies. But what does that mean, really? What should men’s role be in sexual violence prevention? What methods are going to the most successful in reaching them? What are the obstacles in getting there?

To help us work our way through this issue is Dr. Lindsay Orchowski, a Staff Psychologist in the Adult Outpatient Division in the Department of Psychiatry within Lifespan Physicians Group and Associate Professor (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Medical School. She is also the Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, on the Editorial Board for the journal Violence Against Women, and is Consulting Editor for Psychology of Violence.  In 2018, she published the Co-Edited book "Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory Research and Practice”

Also joining us is Dr Alan Berkowitz,  an independent consultant working with colleges, universities, public health agencies, military organizations, and communities to design programs that address health and social justice issues – such as sexual violence.

He developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men in the United States at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is an authority in the development of the Social Norms Theory and has implemented several successful programs. He has been published multiple times including:

· Preventing Sexual Aggression among College Men: An Evaluation of a Social Norms and Bystander Intervention Program

· Working with Men to Prevent Violence Against Women

Most recently both Dr Orchowski and Dr Berkowitz edited the upcoming book on Engaging Boys and Men in Sexual Assault Prevention which is due out later this year.


Topics covered include: 

  • Why do men and boys need to be involved in sexual violence prevention?
  • What should men's roles be within sexual violence prevention?
  • What are the dangers of involving men in sexual violence prevention and what can be done about them?
  • How is the messaging for men different than for women?
  • What makes a prevention program involving men and boys successful?
  • Why do social norm approaches to sexual violence prevention need to be reinforced and how often




Release Date: Oct 6, 2021 - How Subminimum Wages Serve Up Harassment In the Service Industry

Individuals working in the restaurant industry face some of the highest levels of workplace sexual harassment. According to a report from the Center on Poverty and Inequity, 90% of women working for tips within the foodservice industry have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault. However, it is not just women that are being harassed and assaulted. That same report stated 60% of transgender individuals and 46% of men working for tips have also reported experiencing harassment or assault.

So, why are the rates for sexual harassment so much higher among tipped employees, and what can be done about it?  Yamila Ruiz, the Communications Director for One Fair Wage, discusses the origins  of subminimum wages, what their impacts are, and, what One Fair Wage is doing to eliminate the subminimum wage.  She also discusses how One Fair Wage was involved in the new joint publication by the Prevention Institute and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, A Health Equity Approach to Preventing Sexual Violence. as well as One Fair Wage's November of 2020 report -  “Take Your Mask Off So I Know How Much To Tip You: Service Workers Experience of Health and Harassment During COVID 19”which documents over 1,600 individuals experiences.



Release Date: September 22, 2021 - How To Deal With Online Harassment

We live our lives online – we shop online, socialize online, work online, and we are harassed online. According to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey, 41% of Americans have experienced some form of online harassment, including offensive name-calling, humiliation, stalking, physical threats, harassment over a sustained time, or sexual harassment. These behaviors are found on social media sites, texts, emails, messenger systems, and Zoom meetings, with women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals receiving a disproportionate amount of the abuse.

With the average person spending a little over six and a half hours online (at least two of which or spent exclusively on social media), it is important to understand what types of harassment and abuse people are experiencing, where they are most commonly experiencing it, and what we can do to stop it.  

To help us understand more about the issues of online harassment is Ana Velasquez,  Program and Communications Associate at Hollaback! and is the moderator at HeartMob- a community dedicated to ending online harassment.


Topics Covered:

  • What Heartmob is and how it works?
  • Is the online harassment we are seeing a mirror of what is happening in real life, or is this a unique form of harassment?
  • What are some of the most common forms of online abuse and harassment?
  • Does there seem to be any one reason why people seem almost eager to be so abusive online?
  • Are there any statistics that show how often harassment that starts online moves into the real world?
  • What are some of the repercussions survivors experience?
  • Are there specific platforms that have proven to be more problematic for harassment than others and, if so, do we know why?
  • What do people need to know about staying safe online?
  • If you experience harassment online, what should you do?



HeartMob (website)
Hollaback! (website)
Hollaback! (Facebook)
Hollaback! (Twitter)
Hollaback! (Instagram)
Take Back The tech (website)


Release Date: September 1, 2021 - Sexual Violence In Our Schools K-12


Sexual harassment and violence in K-12 schools is also a very real issue and significantly under reported. The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights data collection reported sexual violence in schools rose over 50% from approximately 9600 reports in the 2015-16 school year to almost 15,000 in the 2017-18 school year.  Many parents and kids are often unaware of the protections Title IX mandates for students in grades K through 12 in schools receiving federal funding. Additionally, it is more common for administrators at this level to be unaware of what their obligations are under federal law and often lack qualified Title IX coordinators.

Ultimately, this leaves us with a serious lack of reliable data to fully understand the issue and what needs to be done to prevent sexual violence in our children’s schools and poorly trained staff in charge of whatever prevention efforts are currently in place.

Joining us, to help us better understand the full scope of the issue, is Heidi Goldstein, the board chair for Stop Sexual Assault In Schools, a non-profit organization that was specifically created to address sexual harassment/assault and K-12 students’ rights. She is also a member of the Berkley Unified School District Sexual Harassment Advisory Committee, and an adult advisor to the student grassroots advocacy organization, BHS Stop Harassing.


Topics Covered Include:

  • What led to the formation of BHS Stop Harassing and what the students have been doing?
  • Why are schools failing to let parents and students know what their rights and protections are under Title IX?
  • What are the biggest compliance challenges for K-12 schools and why are they happening
  • What is the Sexual Harassment: Not In Our School program and how does it work
  • What can parents and students do to advocate for themselves and prevent sexual violence in their schools?



Release Date: August 4, 2021 - Finding The Male Voice In Sexual Violence Prevention


When discussing the the issue of sexual violence prevention, the idea of "toxic masculinity" often comes up as a contributing factor to the problem.  However, we don't hear about the positive things men are doing everyday to change social norms and helping to combat sexual violence.  Rob Okun from Voice Male discusses the anti-sexist men’s movement and the global impact it is having.


Topics covered include:

  • Why the anti-sexist men’s movement is so important
  • How terms like "toxic masculinity" can be problematic and hurt sexual violence prevention
  • What is the Third MenEngage Global Symposium and how is helping to give men a voice in the anti sexist men's movement
  • The importance of sharing alternate stories of what manhood



Release Date: July 21, 2021 - Surviving Sexual Assault In The Military

In a follow up to our earlier podcast about sexual violence in the military, Preventionist Deb Bonner talks with Sgt Taylor A Knueven.  

Sgt Knueven was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division when she was sexually assaulted while at the US border as part former President Trump's military deployment. The experience completely changed her perspective on the pervasiveness of sexual violence within the military and how toxic the military environment can be.

Since then, Sgt Knueven has been on a mission to get the military to make changes to how sexual violence is prevented and investigated.  This past March, the combat medic was one of several who participated in the 18th Airborne Corps' Dragon Lair competition - offering her ideas to revamp the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program

TRIGGER WARNING:  Though we will not discuss details of Sgt Knueven's assault, we will be discussing the details of its investigation which could be triggering for some listeners.  Please practice self-care as needed.



Release Date: July 7, 2021 - Sexual Violence In The Military

 Sexual violence in the military is nothing new and, in fact, has been a growing problem with reports increasing every year since 2006. When Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin first took office in January of this year, his first directive was to order his senior leaders to review their sexual assault programs. He then created an independent panel to review the issue and make recommendations.

The first recommendation from that panel is that decisions to prosecute service members for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders. Service leaders now have about 30 days to review that recommendation and to provide their own ideas and in put

So here we are with a growing issue and not much visible progress being made. To further discuss the issue of sexual violence within the military is Terri Spahr Nelson. Terri was the Program Coordinator/Sexual Trauma Counselor from 1993 to 1995 at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. She was a Principal Investigator in a five-year study/assessment of sexual trauma in U.S. Military which spanned from 1997 to 2002. She was also a Subject Matter Expert and Consultant for the Department of Defense Leadership Team (SAPRO), was on the Care for Victims of Sexual Assault (Confidentiality Subcommittee) and Victim Advocacy Advisory Group (2004, 2005); Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (2012-13). Additionally, Teri has written 4 books (including 2015’s For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the US Military) peer-reviewed journal articles, and 21 booklets distributed nationally in English, Spanish, Braille,

We should also note that Terri herself is a Military Veteran of the US Army serving in Behavioral Sciences, and was twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal with first oak leaf cluster for meritorious service


Topics Covered Include:

  • What were the findings of the five-year study/assessment of sexual trauma in U.S. Military 
  • Are the increases in reports of sexual violence a good sign that more people are coming forward or an indication the problem is getting worse 
  • Are there unique aspects of the military that make it more difficult to combat the issue of sexual violence 
  • How is the lack of accountability with perpetrators impacting the problem 
  • What prevention efforts do the military already employ and what are some of the new prevention efforts being considered




Release Date: June 23, 2021 - Sexual Violence and The Experiences of the LGBTQ Community

Sexual violence affects everyone. However, those among the LGBTQ populations exeprience sexual violence at significantly higher rates than those who are straight.  Compounding the issue, LGBTQ individuals are less likely to come forward after an assault than non-LGBTQ individuals and, alarmingly, research from the National Coalition Against Violence Project found 85 percent of victim advocates surveyed reported having worked with an LGBTQ survivor who was denied services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Another significant issue is that many of the sexual violence prevention efforts are highly heteronormative and, therefore, do not address many of the problems faced by those in the LGBTQ communities.

So how do we create an effective prevention plan for a high-risk/low reporting population that faces the additional challenges of discrimination?

Jonna Cooley, the Executive Director of the Phoenix Center in Springfield, IL. shares her insights.


Topics Covered Include

  • The importance of recognizing that LGBT is 4 distinct populations and not just one 
  • What are some of the risk factors for experiencing sexual violence that may be unique to LGBTQ individuals
  • Why are those who are LGBTQ more hestitant to come forward after experiencing sexual violence
  • How can we make sexual violence prevention plans more inclusive for the LGBTQ communities
  • The importance of anti-discrimination training for first responders in sexual violence prevention.


The Phoenix Center (website)

The Phoenix Center (Facebook)

The Phoenix Center (Instagram)


Release Date: June 10, 2021 - Sexual Citizen


Sexual assault on college campuses is not a new topic. We have discussed previously on this program issues with Title IX and the prevalence of sexual violence on campus. Despite prevention efforts such as Bystander Intervention training and consent education, the statistics haven’t changed in decades.

What is new are the findings of Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Kahn in their book Sexual Citizens – A Landmark Study Of Sex, Power, And Assault On Campus. The book has been named as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. The research, conducted over 5 years at Columbia University and Barnard College, takes a unique look at the sexuality of college students- who is having it and why and, perhaps most disturbingly, how sexual assault within this environment is inevitable to a certain degree.


Topics covered include:

  • How the research was conducted
  • The concepts of Sexual Projects, Sexual Geographies, and Sexual Citizenship
  • How addressing racial inequality is a form of sexual violence prevention
  • How the information from the research can help us create more effective prevention plans.



Sexual Citizens website

Sexual Citizens (YouTube)

Jennifer Hirsch (Twitter)

Shamus Kahn (Twitter)


Release Date: May 26, 2021 - The Nuances of Sex Trafficking with Chitra Raghavan

Who is sex trafficked, how it is done, and how common it really is often misunderstood by many people.  Dr. Chitra Raghavan joins preventionist Deb Bonner to discuss the nuances of the reality of sex trafficking. Dr. Raghavan is a tenured professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Program, and the Coordinator for the Victimology Studies in Forensic Psychology. She is also a clinical psychologist in New York City specializing in assessment of sex trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual violence. She has published numerous articles including 2015’s Trauma-coerced Bonding and Victims of Sex Trafficking: Where do we go from here? International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience.


Topics covered include:

  • What exactly is sex trafficking
  • What populations are most at risk for being trafficked and how we can mitigate those risks
  • How does trauma coerced bonding work between the victim and the trafficker 
  • What social norms surround sex trafficking and how do we change them
  • How does pornography impact the sex trafficking trade 
  • What type of data do we need to collect to better understand the issue and who should be collecting it 
  • Should the hospitality industry be more involved in the prevention of sex trafficking




Dr Chitra Raghavan (John Jay College Faculty Page)

Release Date: May 5, 2021 - Comprehensive Consent with Sarah Casper

Emerging evidence suggests consent education could be an effective form of primary sexual violence prevention.  However, when should that education start and what should it look like?

To talk about consent education for younger children is Sarah Casper is our guest. Sarah is a consent educator and the founder of Comprehensive Consent - a brand devoted to helping parents give their children the foundational understanding of body boundaries and the practical consent skills that we all need to create healthy relationships with ourselves and with others, throughout their life. Sarah's work is informed by her education and experience in the fields of child psychology and social psychology, as well as her experience as an acroyoga practitioner.


Topics Covered Include:

  • At what age should consent education should start?
  • How does consent education change based on the age of the child… or really does it change all that much?
  • Why do we need to teach consent before sexual activity begins?
  • What is a  social-emotional learning framework and how is that would be applied to consent education?
  • Can teaching children about their bodies and how to set their boundaries make them less "appealing" to predators?
  • What is "the deeper meaning of affirmative consent" What does that mean?
  • How is learning how to deal with rejection part of consent education?
  • Would consent education be considered empowerment-based? 



Comprehensive Consent (website)






Release Date: April 21, 2021 - The Issue Of Sexual Assault On College Campuses

Dr. Rashmee Singh, an associate professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at Waterloo University in Ontario, Canada, shares her insights on the issue of sexual violence on college campuses that came  collaborative study with several of her colleagues that took an in-depth look at the issue at three Ontario Universities. 


Topics covered include:

  • The key findings of her study 
  • What types of sexual violence prevention programs work and what ones don't 
  • Why do college and universities seem reticent to dedicate the time and resources needed to fully address the problem of sexual violence
  • How effective of the mobile apps colleges are developing and using to reduce sexual violence
  • What any effective sexual violence prevention plan for a college campus should include



Rashmee Singh - Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo

Release Date: April 7, 2021 - How Sexual Consent is Portrayed In Hollywood

Dr. Michele Meek joins Preventionist Deb Bonner to take a closer look at how the media portrays the idea of consent and sexuality. Dr. Meek is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies department at Bridgewater State University. She has written numerous articles for publications such as  Ms. Magazine, Script Magazine,  The Good Men Project, and In 2018, Dr. Meek gave a TEDx talk Why we’re confused about consent—rewriting our stories of seduction

Topics covered include:

  • What are some of the most harmful messages the media is sending about girls and women, and how are they being disguised?
  • What is the "flaw" in affirmative consent?
  • How is the idea of male consent addressed in the media and is that just as problematic
  • How do we change the social norms the media is perpetuating?

Why we're confused about consent—rewriting our stories of seduction | Michele Meek | TEDxProvidence
“What About Boys? Affirmative Consent in American Teen Films”
Promising Young Woman: A Modern-Day Take on Rape-Revenge”

Release Date: March 17,2021 - National Alliance To End Sexual Violence

Terri Poore, the Policy Director for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence joins PCASA preventionist Deb Bonner to discuss  what a national response to sexual violence prevention would look like and what legislation the NAESV is keeping an eye on.

Topics covered include:

  • Priorities for Addressing the Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors for the administration's first 100 days
  • What changes to Title IX would the NAESV like to see in the roll back of the changes Betsy Devos' administration enacted
  • What the NAESV feels are the most significant policy issues the military needs to address to eliminate Sexual Violence within their ranks.
  • What is happening with the following legislation:
  • Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
  • Hold Accountable and Lend Transparency on Campus Sexual Violence Act (H.R. 3381)
  • Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination in the Workplace Act or the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act (S. 1082/H.R. 2148)


Release Date: March 3, 2021 - Engaging Men In Sexual Violence Prevention

Merging evidence is sexual violence prevention increasingly points towards the need to involve men as allies. Sexual violence is widely recognized as a serious public health issue worldwide. It is also widely acknowledged that sexual violence is perpetrated primarily by men against women. So it would stand to reason that any successful primary prevention plan requires men as allies. Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault Preventionist Deb Bonner speaks with Josue Arguelles, a trainer with A Call To Men about what that engagement would look like.

 Topics covered include:
  • Why is engaging men as allies so crucial in the prevention of sexual violence
  • What the "Man Box" is and how it prevent healthy masculinity
  • How intersectionality contribute to the issues surrounding sexual violence and what can be done about it
  • How adverse childhood experiences contribute to sexual violence perpetration
  • The most essential skills a boy or young man needs to have in order to have healthy relationships and prevent sexual violence

A Call To Men Website
A Call To Men Facebook
A Call To Men Instagram
A Call To Men Twitter


Release Date: February 17, 2021 - Make Your Move Missoula 

Make Your Move! is an innovative campaign designed to engage men and women as allies to prevent sexual violence in the greater Missoula, MT area.  The program focuses on positive messaging, engaging bystanders and changing social norms.


Preventionist Deb Bonner speaks with Brenna Merrill about Make your Move! 


Topics covered include:

  • Why it was felt there was a need for this kind of program?
  • How do the bar workshops work?
  • How does the positive messaging works within the program?
  • The impact on the Missoula community since the program began.



Make Your Move Missoula

Make Your Move Missoula (Facebook page)

Make Your Move Missoula (Instagram page)

Release Date: February 3, 2021 - Start Strong

The Start Strong program out of Boston, MA is an internationally recognized high school peer leadership program that aims to prevent teen sexual and dating violence, as well as promote healthy relationships. It is highly innovative and really focuses on the promoting social norms and teaching skill section of the CDC’s in order to prevent sexual and teen dating violence. Start Strong works with high school kids covering a wide variety of topic including healthy relationships, deconstructing popular culture to determine appropriate social norms and encourage critical thinking, consent and communication.


Preventionist Deb Bonner talks to Teakia Brown, Start Strong Program Manger, about how the program works and its successes.



Start Strong The Halls (web series) Tools and Resources for Start Strong

Release Date: January 20,2021 - What is Title IX and What Is Its Future


Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault Preventionist Deb Bonner speaks with Campus Organizer Faith Ferber from Know Your IX about Title IX and what a new administration may mean to the changes Betsy DeVos enacted.


Topics covered include:

  • What exactly is Title IX and who does it impact?
  • What were some of the changes to Title IX that went into effect in 2020 and what the impact of those changes are? 
  • What is the difference between affirmative consent and welcomeness and why does Know Your IX prefer the welcomeness standard?
  • What should be included in consent education?
  • Advocacy work Know Your IX is involved with.
  • How students can get involved with Know Your IX


Know Your IX Website

Know Your IX Facebook

Know Your IX Instagram

Know Your IX Twitter


Release Date: January 6, 2021 - Sexual Violence and Prevention

Preventionist Deb Bonner discusses exactly what sexual violence is and some of the best primary preventive practices with Dr. Elizabeth L. Jeglic. Dr. Jeglic is a clinical psychologist and expert in sexual violence prevention. She is also a Professor of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. And if that isn’t enough Dr. Jeglic is also the author of Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal Sexual Abuse and blogs for Psychology Today on sexual violence prevention.  
Topics Covered include:
  • What constitutes sexual violence and abuse.
  • What evidenced based prevention means and why is it so important that evidence-based programs are used in sexual violence prevention efforts.
  • How Bystander Intervention works particularly as it expands across the socio ecological model.
  • How certain social negative social norms exacerbate the sexual violence problem and what to do about them.
  • Creating safe spaces on campuses.
  • Creating a culture of consent.
Sources: Elizabeth L Jeglic PH.D.

Release Date: December 23, 2020 - Bringing In The Bystander


Preventionist Deb Bonner talks with Jane Stapleton of Soteria Solutions and the Prevention Innovations Research Center, and co-author of the Bringing In The Bystander (BITB) intervention program.  Topics covered include:

  • What is bystander intervention.
  • Why is getting bystanders to actively engage so important.
  • What are some of the protective factors for sexual violence that is addressed in BITB.
  • How BITB works and how it is implemented.
  • How does BITB work in the online environment.
  • How often is it recommended  colleges provide this training.

If you are a central IL college that would like more information on BITB and bringing it to your campus, please contact Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault at



Soteria Solutions

Prevention Innovations Research Center

Release Date: December 9, 2020


In part 2 of 2 parts, preventionist Deb Bonner discusses how the Social Norms Approach (SNA) works as a form of sexual violence prevention and how it works within the bystander intervention frame work with expert Dr. Alan Berkowitz.


Discussion points include:

  • What Bystander Intervention is and what are some of the obstacles to it
  • How SNA works with bystander intervention How using fear to change social norms can make a situation worse
  • What Science of the Positive is and how it can be used to prevent sexual violence
  • Implementing an SNA prevention program.



National Social Norms Center

Dr. Alan Berkowitz

Release Date: November 25, 2020

In part 1 of 2 parts, preventionist Deb Bonner discusses how the Social Norms Approach (SNA) works as a form of sexual violence prevention and how it works within the bystander intervention frame work with expert Dr. Alan Berkowitz.   

Discussion points include:

  • What Bystander Intervention is and what are some of the obstacles to it
  • How SNA works with bystander intervention
  • How using fear to change social norms can make a situation worse
  • What Science of the Positive is and how it can be used to prevent sexual violence
  • Implementing an SNA prevention program.



National Social Norms Center

Dr. Alan Berkowitz

Release Date: Nov 11, 2020 - Coaching Boys into Men

Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA) Preventionist Deb Bonner talks with Jesse Mahler with Futures without Violence about their Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program to prevent domestic and sexual violence.