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“What Do You Do?”

“So what do you do?” This seems like a straightforward, get-to-know you question that ideally leads to further conversation, and has even been recommended as a networking strategy because follow-up questions along this line give the other person the opportunity to elaborate on their strengths, skills and passion for their work. I try to avoid […]

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Fall 2017 Primary Group

Survivor’s Support Group A warm, safe, private setting with 3-6 members Understanding on how trauma has affected you Tools to help you manage difficult thoughts and feelings A chance to share support with other survivors     Who it helps: This group is for primary survivors of sexual trauma When: Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm starting October 3rd (8 weeks, […]

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Ending Racism is Necessary to End Sexual Violence

The work of ending sexual violence is fundamentally connected to the work of ending racism because both share the same foundation: privilege and oppression. Before digging into this topic a bit deeper, it might be helpful to define these terms first. Privilege – a right, immunity, or benefit enjoyed only by a person beyond the […]

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Fall Yoga Dates Announced!

Trauma-Informed Yoga This trauma-informed yoga group is a confidential and safe space to get in touch with your own body, engage the parasympathetic nervous system in healing, synchronize breath and body, and release body tension and stress. Who it helps: Designed for those affected by trauma of any kind. For all level practitioners and even non-practitioners. […]

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Policing the Female Body: The Dress Code

From pre-K to the working world, our bodies are guided and governed by an ever-changing but ever-present set of rules: the dress code. When students are as young as kindergarten, around six years old, they are already told what they can and cannot wear, and the code—both sanctioned and unspoken—doesn’t ever go away. When I […]

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Mindfulness Workshop September 9th

Workshop: Changing Your Brain In this full-day workshop, participants will: learn the science behind anxiety and practice relaxation; practice techniques to build new neuroscience-pathways that change the way you think; discover how to shift your mood and feel more comfortable; increase your awareness of your physiological responses to stress. This is the second module of […]

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August Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Katie as our August Volunteer of the Month. Katie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Katie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Katie, for your dedication to MESA and our community! Let’s hear from Katie! What […]

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Consent: It’s Not Really as Simple as Tea

Although the popular video urges its audience to think about consent in simpler terms, on a case-by-case basis, the dilemma is much more fraught than we are lead to believe. Now, the very basic issues of consent are clear to most people. We all know the rules. No means no. Yes means yes. But what […]

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How Many Victims Does It Take to Convict a Celebrity Rapist?

Apparently, more than 50. One of the big questions around sexual assault and rape culture is the following: Why don’t victims report? Why do they remain silent? There are many reasons that contribute to the decision not to report, but there is a common thread that connects many of them. Victims and survivors remain silent […]

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July 2017 Volunteer of the Month

MESA is pleased to spotlight Lizzie as our July Volunteer of the Month. Lizzie is an invaluable part of our volunteer team. Lizzie has always been such a willing volunteer and makes every effort to participate in everything we do. Thank you, Lizzie, for your dedication to MESA and our community! Let’s hear from Lizzie! What […]

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