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Eliminating Our Rape Culture

  Hans Magnus Enzensberger once said, “Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass-you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.”  Indeed, there is truth in this sentiment.  How do we, as human beings, seem to innately know how to behave in certain situations, how to dress, the appropriateness of...

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  We hear it all the time, a certain month is associated with a certain issue or cause and suddenly it becomes National (fill in the blank) Month.  In the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention field, we are very familiar with this phenomenon.  February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  April...

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New Delhi, Steubenville, Nortre Dame.  These are not usually locations which would typically be grouped together.  Yet, as of late, these three locales have been in the news for one reason, and one reason only.  All three of these locations are places at which sexual assaults and rapes have taken place to a degree...

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In case you haven’t noticed, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us, causing us all to attempt to juggle the normal routine of our daily lives plus the additional events and frivolity which come along with turning our calendars over to the month of December.  The onset of the holiday...

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Language Matters

November 1, 2012 by

  “Hey, how was it…what do you think?” “I don’t know man, all I can say is that sucked…I totally got raped.” And so it begins.  Enter any middle or high school hallway, and you’re bound to hear conversations such as this.  Take a walk around any college campus or spend time at any...

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Challenging Social Norms

October 15, 2012 by

It’s that time of year again; the leaves are changing color and falling from the trees, children have returned back to school, the air is crisp, and Halloween is right around the corner.  Along with the celebration of Halloween comes the familiar tradition of choosing a costume to wear for the spooky festivities.  But...

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Imagine for a moment, a world without domestic or sexual violence; a world in which terms such as rape, domestic violence and sexual assault didn’t exist.  How would that world differ from our own?    The answers given to this question often begin with the obvious; crime rates would decrease, there would be fewer victims...

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It’s Everyone’s Business

September 17, 2012 by

It is the vision of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center  to be a leader in promoting and creating a society free of domestic and sexua lviolence. This is a lofty goal, indeed, and realistically, this will not be accomplished without the engagement of our community members. We understand that without community participation, primary prevention programs...

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Greetings!

July 25, 2012 by

Hello everyone!  We’re so excited to have entered the world of blogging!  We are the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, located in Fargo, ND.  We’re a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling and education to all persons affected by sexual and domestic violence and to provide prevention programs to...

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