Following the Academy Awards this year, many people have been talking about Vice President Joe Biden’s words and Lady Gaga’s performance. Lady Gaga performed “Til It Happens to You,” a song she co-wrote and produced for the 2015 documentary film about sexual assault on college campuses, "The Hunting Ground." On stage with Lady Gaga, dozens of survivors of sexual assault stood in solidarity. During Gaga’s introduction, Biden urged viewers, “Take the pledge: I will intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given. We must, and we can, change the culture” (www.itsonus.org). Lady Gaga’s point is that no one thinks about this stuff…until it happens to you (or a relative or a friend). Given the statistics, might it be prudent, wise and neighborly to start becoming more aware?

Next month I will be celebrating my one-year anniversary at Family Safety Network. It is a privilege to work with such a gifted and passionate team of staff and volunteers toward our mission of ending violence, abuse, and oppression while serving individuals and families that are suffering from domestic and sexual violence in our community.

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