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Reflecting on Chaos

Allie Moore, Student Staff As the school year comes to a close, I think it is crucial to reflect on the turmoil of a year we have all experienced. It hasn’t all been miserable but it definitely has not been the best year ever. Through ups and downs, highs and lows this year has felt […]

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It’s Not Enough to Just “Know”

 Michelle Valdes I took a Praxis Lab through the University of Utah Honors College in 2018-2019. A Praxis Lab is a year-long experiential course with a “theme” focused on real-world issues. The course is split into two parts, Fall and Spring. Fall, being utilized as a traditional education course and Spring shifting the focus to […]

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How Bills Related to RSV Fared in Utah Legislature This Year

By Brooke Adams Before the final tick of the clock ended the 2021 session of the Utah Legislature, lawmakers considered or acted on about a dozen bills related to the work of the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. While the center does not focus on response or policy, what happens more broadly on campus, in […]

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Misogyny and Asian Hate

Photo from USA Today As we keep listening to the news about the mass murder of primarily Asian women in Atlanta, we grow more and more disheartened by our society’s collective understanding of misogyny, white supremacy, and hate. Even more specifically, we are so over the ways we talk about white men’s violence – “he […]

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The Structure of the MCVP

Mary-Jo Dalton, Student Staff The McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention focuses on just that—prevention. The structure of the MCVP utilizes a power-conscious and intersectional framework. This framework guides the work of preventing relationship and sexual violence (RSV). The MCVP differs from other centers on campus in that our sole focus is primary prevention. We undertake […]

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Disability and RSV

Caroline Lalliss, Student Staff Studies report that about one-third of college students have experienced physical or sexual violence in an intimate relationship. Disabled people experience intimate partner violence, or IPV, and relationship sexual violence, or RSV at approximately twice the rate of those without a disability. So when disabled students go to college they are […]

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Nerds Can Be Creeps Too

Tayler Bseiso, Student Staff Member Growing up I stayed with my grandparents a lot. When I was with them I would garden, bake desserts, and make crafts. Well, I guess I should say that I did all that with my grandma; my grandpa, on the other hand, played the perfect role of the stoic retired […]

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Pepper Sprays, Tasers, and Trainings

 MJ Chevesich, Graduate Research AssistantThis post was originally going to be all about intersectionality, theory, and relationship sexual violence (RSV), but the more conversations I had with coworkers and family members about RSV and my role in the MCVP, I realized that before we can even talk about the complexities of identity and oppression, we […]

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What We Do At The U

WHAT WE DO At THE U   On Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, President Ruth Watkins introduced the new McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention. The center’s inaugural director is Chris Linder, a professor in the College of Education and Special Assistant to the President for Violence Prevention and Education. Linder and the center’s advisory board introduced […]

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What Is The Power-Conscious Framework?

Blessing Heelis, Student Staff Member Rates of campus sexual violence have not changed since 1957. Yes, really. This is a hard fact to swallow, especially in an age that feels progressive. The question then becomes, “how do we fix this?” Herein lies the complexity. An obvious solution is to spread awareness and create resources for […]

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Exploring Myths: Stranger Danger

Tayler Bseiso, Student Staff Member When I was growing up, my mom was very paranoid. What made this worse was her love for the TV channel Investigation Discovery. This channel aired episode after episode of women after women being brutally murdered, with a splash of paranormal stories to break it up. When someone would bring […]

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What is Primary Prevention

By Chris Linder, center director As we work to address relationship and sexual violence on college campuses and beyond, we often end up focusing on responding to violence after it happens, rather than working to prevent it from happening in the first place. Although some responses to relationship and sexual violence might also contribute to […]

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