What Would a City Without Sexual Violence Look Like?

May 16, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Such a poignant question! The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is a non-profit organization whose mission is to perform research and develop policies that will help prevent sexual violence. They recently conducted a three-year study among NYC high school students which found that sexual and dating violence are shockingly prevalent among this group. To answer the questions why it occurs and what can be done to end it, the Alliance’s Youth Action Council asked 35 of the students studied to convey their ideas about what a city without sexual violence would look like—and how to achieve this goal—through photos and narratives. This June, the very moving results of Project Envision will be displayed publicly to audiences that’ll include NYC politicians and policymakers. Today, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone speaks with Harriet Lessel, Executive Director of the Alliance, about exactly what that model city would look like.

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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