Friday, April 10, 2009

Radio Show about our recent event

Hi everyone,

I will be on the radio tomorrow to discuss the recent anti-violence workshop we organized, called bringing in the bystander, in which public safety trainers from CUNY Central - as well as rape crisis counselors from around the city - were trained in violence prevention. There will be a taped interview with the facilitator of the training, but the show will be live. You can call in and ask questions if you like on 866 472 5787. Hope you can tune in to this important topic. Thank you.
CrimePrevention 101
Bringing in the Bystander: Everyone has a Role to Play in Preventing Violence
In 1964, the gruesome sexual assault and murder of 28-year old Kitty Genovese was committed right outside her apartment building in a suburb of NYC. What made this crime even more horrific was that the attack lasted over a half hour (with the assailant coming back three times to stab the victim) AND that it was witnessed by 37 of her neighbors who shut their eyes and ears and did nothing to intervene—not even calling the police. The slaying of Kitty Genovese has become a metaphor for what is known as the Bystander Effect—the tendency of observers of a crime to remain uninvolved. This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone talks with Professor Robert Eckstein, from the University of New Hampshire, who teaches college students how, as bystanders, they can safely engage in sexual violence prevention on college campuses, and with Hunter College student Jerin Alam, who’s trying to bring this curriculum to all the schools in the City University system of New York.

Jerin Alam
NOW National Young Feminist Task Force

Hunter Women’s Rights Coalition (HWRC)