Sharing Trauma Research for Action @PsychToday

Translating awareness to action is a central theme of Every 90 Seconds as well as a passion. This year, I took that theme (and passion) to the (virtual) pages of Psychology Today. Under the banner, “From Awareness to Action: Addressing Intimate Violence and Trauma Together,” here are the topics I’ve covered so far: If youContinue reading “Sharing Trauma Research for Action @PsychToday”

An Unwavering Belief in a Future We’ve Never Known

I sat down in the aging office chair and regarded the towering shelf of books. A good shake and we’d surely be buried in decades of psychology texts. From the other side of a large desk, the world-renowned professor I’d just met asked, “How do you stay so optimistic?” This wasn’t the question I wasContinue reading “An Unwavering Belief in a Future We’ve Never Known”

This DVAM, Sharing Observations from Every 90 Seconds

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — and a great time to correct misconceptions that violence against women is a special interest or women’s issue. Instead, it’s each of our issue. To illustrate our shared interest in moving from awareness to action, I’m sharing observations from Every 90 Seconds: Our Common Cause Ending Violence againstContinue reading “This DVAM, Sharing Observations from Every 90 Seconds”

Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition

I hurried out the door on Wednesday to drive across town to a book club at the home of someone I’d never met to spend the evening with people I didn’t know. After a few mishaps (read: I forgot my own copy of the book and had to circle home), I found myself in someone’sContinue reading “Awareness to Action: Book Club Edition”

Taking Action with the TSS Group

We know more than ever about violence against women — and yet violence against women remains dreadfully common. A central theme of Every 90 Seconds — which launched this month — is how to transform that awareness to widespread, collaborative action. In the book, I argue that collaborative action will require recognizing that each ofContinue reading “Taking Action with the TSS Group”

Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward

Every 90 Seconds has (finally) arrived! The book’s launch this month is a culmination of a journey that has involved so many of you: The survivors who shared their stories and perspectives with the TSS Group. The victim service providers who work in our communities day in and day out. The colleagues who collaborated withContinue reading “Every 90 Seconds: A Book Launch and A Path Forward”

3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure

Sexual assault is dreadfully common – so common that many of us are likely to hear disclosures from people we know. Indeed, when survivors do disclose, it’s often to friends, family, or other informal support people.  How we respond to sexual assault disclosure matters – sometimes for the worse. Unfortunately, there are many unhelpful and even hurtful ways toContinue reading “3 Ways to Respond to a Sexual Assault Disclosure”

Where Research Meets Denim This April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) comes around each April, offering a chance for us to transform increased attention to sexual assault into collaborative action for change. This year, the Traumatic Stress Studies Group is participating in #SAAM by getting the word out about sexual assault research on Prevalence (Week 1), Common Reactions to Disclosures (WeekContinue reading “Where Research Meets Denim This April”

A Rideshare on the Road to Change

The four of us left the restaurant together, having celebrated a friend’s birthday. Laughing and carrying on, we made our way to the Lyft that idled across the street. A woman smiled warmly at us from the driver’s seat. As she drove us through Portland’s nighttime streets, our banter turned to the kinds of conversationsContinue reading “A Rideshare on the Road to Change”

3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. August ushers in college orientations and sexual assault prevention programming. These cyclical events bring bursts of attention to sexual violence in its many forms. Increasing attention to and awareness of the scope of the problem of sexual assault is important for many reasons. For instance, talking openly about sexualContinue reading “3 Ways to Take Action to End Sexual Assault”