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Prevention is Now With PCASA

By Deb Bonner

The podcast for Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault in Springfield, IL. Podcasts will cover key ideas in the prevention of sexual violence as well as contributing factors such as racism and oppression.
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Prevention Is Now - Start Strong

Prevention is Now With PCASAFeb 03, 2021

Prevention is NOW - What's NEW with Coaching Boys Into Men

Prevention is NOW - What's NEW with Coaching Boys Into Men

For over 20 years, Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) has been utilizing the unique bond between coaches and their athletes to encourage open and honest discussions about healthy relationships and standing up for respect.  Recently, CBIM introduced a series of advanced tools kits for coaches to encourage ongoing skill development and multi-year implementation. 

The advanced tool kits include:

  • Creating Healthy Team Environments for LGBTQ+ Athletes
  • Coaching Practices to Address Racism in Sports
  • Coaching Consent and Boundaries
  • Coaching Healthy Conflict, Breakups, and Rejection
  • Survivor-Centered Approaches to Discussing Sexual Assault
  • And a Guide to Leveraging CBIM Peer Leaders


Jesse Mahler, part of the Public Education Team with Futures Without Violence, discusses the new tool kits and a new initiative that integrates mental health & wellness content into CBIM through training and the curriculum that launches this August


Jul 06, 202229:24
Prevention Is Now - Real Conversations with Franklin Middle School About Gender Roles

Prevention Is Now - Real Conversations with Franklin Middle School About Gender Roles

Gender roles have a significant impact on young adolescents and how they will ultimately form relationships.  Correcting unrealistic expectations and harmful social norms is vital in correcting power imbalances that can lead to sexual violence.  But to do that, we need to know exactly what kids in early adolescents are experiencing and thinking.  To develop at least a partial understanding, we are speaking with a small group of kids ages 12-15 at Franklin Middles School in Springfield, IL.  

Jun 08, 202225:27
Prevention is NOW- This Is How We Change The World
Dec 15, 202117:46
Prevention Is NOW - Before You Swipe: The Not So Hidden Risks Of Online Dating
Dec 01, 202145:08
Prevention is NOW - Why Does Sexual Harassment Go Unreported
Nov 17, 202118:33
Prevention Is Now- NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith and Machiavelli Have Advice For Women In The Workplace

Prevention Is Now- 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?


Nov 03, 202143:33
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence Prevention Needs A Few Good Men (And Boys)

Prevention Is Now - 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


Dr. Lindsay M Orchowski

Dr Alan Berkowitz 

Engaging Boys and Men in Sexual Assault Prevention: Theory, Research, and Practice 1st Edition by Lindsay M. Orchowski (Editor), Alan Berkowitz (Editor)

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

Engaging Men as Social Justice Allies in Ending Violence Against Women: Evidence for a Social Norms Approach

Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention (Global Masculinities) 1st ed. 2019 Edition by Michael Flood

What's The Best Way For Men To Be Profeminist?

Oct 20, 202129:51
Prevention Is Now - How Subminimum Wages Serve Up Harassment In the Service Industry

Prevention Is Now - How Subminimum Wages Serve Up Harassment In the Service Industry

Oct 06, 202134:30
Prevention is Now - How To Deal With Online Harassment

Prevention is Now - 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?


Sep 22, 202122:38
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence In Our Schools K-12

Prevention Is Now - 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?


Sep 01, 202142:53
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Harassment In the Virtual Workplace

Prevention Is Now - Sexual Harassment In the Virtual Workplace

In 2020 when so many people found themselves working from home as a result of the pandemic, some thought harassment numbers would go down. Instead, cases of gender and racial harassment have gone up for a variety of reasons

And even though the country is opening back up, the virtual workplace is likely not going away. Many businesses have said they would like to retain at least some remote work options citing savings in overhead with fewer employees in the office. And some employees have said they want to continue to have the option to work from home because of the flexibility it affords them

So, what do we do about the issue of online workplace harassment? What does it look like, what are the risk factors for it, and, most importantly, how do we go about preventing it?

To answer those questions joining Preventionist Deb Bonner are Holly Rider Milkovich- the Vice President of impact at EVERFI focusing on sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence prevention and response. And also, Elizabeth Bille- the Senior Vice President of workplace culture at EVERFI a leading provider of workplace training on a variety of topics including workplace harassment and inclusion. She is the subject matter expert on harassment, discrimination, and retaliation and creating positive and thriving workplace cultures.

Topics Covered Include

  • The types of behaviors involved with sexual harassment and how they present online
  • What are some of the other costs (beyond liability) that businesses and organizations experience as a result of sexual harassment?
  • What are the risk factors for sexual harassment and are these factors more or less problematic in an online environment and why?
  • Creating a framework for a comprehensive prevention strategy
  • What does an effective sexual harassment prevention plan look like in action


Aug 18, 202136:01
Prevention Is Now - Finding the Male Voice In Sexual Violence Prevention

Prevention Is Now - 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


Aug 04, 202133:56
Prevention Is Now - Surviving Sexual Assault In the Military
Jul 21, 202119:44
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence In The Military

Prevention Is Now - 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


Sugati Publications

For Love of Country: Confronting Rape and Sexual Harassment in the US Military

United States Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

Department of Defense  Annual Report on  Sexual Assault in the  Military - Fiscal Year 2020


Jul 07, 202130:20
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence and The Experiences of the LGBTQ Community

Prevention Is Now - 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)

Jun 23, 202121:47
Prevention is Now - Sexual Citizen with Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Kahn

Prevention is Now - Sexual Citizen with Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Kahn

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)

Jun 10, 202142:42
Prevention Is Now - Understanding the Nuances of Sex Trafficking
May 28, 202123:19
Prevention Is Now - Teen Digital Dating and Sexual Violence

Prevention Is Now - Teen Digital Dating and Sexual Violence

May 12, 202127:58
Prevention Is Now - Comprehensive Consent with Sarah Casper

Prevention Is Now - 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)





May 05, 202119:51
Prevention Is Now - The Issue of Sexual Violence on College Campuses
Apr 21, 202128:20
Prevention Is Now - How Sexual Consent is Portrayed In Hollywood

Prevention Is Now - 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?


Apr 07, 202136:37
Prevention Is Now - National Alliance To End Sexual Violence
Mar 17, 202124:36
Prevention Is Now - Engaging Men In Sexual Violence Prevention
Mar 03, 202120:05
Prevention Is Now - Make Your Move Missoula
Feb 17, 202124:14
Prevention Is Now - Start Strong
Feb 03, 202115:56
Prevention Is Now - What is Title IX and What Is Its Future
Jan 20, 202122:51
Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence and Prevention Basics with Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic

Prevention Is Now - Sexual Violence and Prevention Basics with Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic

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.


Elizabeth L Jeglic PH.D.

Psychology Today (blogs)

Sexual Abuse

Jan 06, 202112:42
Prevention Is Now - Bringing In The Bystander
Dec 11, 202036:20
Prevention Is Now - Social Norms Approach with Dr. Alan Berkowitz part 2
Dec 09, 202027:05
Prevention Is Now - Social Norms Approach with Dr. Alan Berkowitz part 1
Nov 25, 202024:29
Prevention Is Now - Coaching Boys Into Men

Prevention Is Now - 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.

Topics covered include how CBIM works and how it specifically addresses sexual and teen dating violence, the findings of the 2012 CDC evaluation of the program, and what institutions wishing to implement CBIM should know. The podcast also briefly touches on the companion program Athletes As Leaders

Any High School in the 11 central Illinois counties PCASA serves wishing to bring CBIM to their school can contact Deb Bonner for more information or to schedule training at

Nov 11, 202024:25