Hi again from your friends at Catharsis Productions. Thanks for your interest in our programs and our educational tools like the Force of Awesome Institute and papers like this one. Today we are considering language and how the words we use in the training space can help or hurt our prevention messaging goals.
Changing the language in which we speak about interpersonal violence is a common practice for our community. Those of us who have been in the field for over 20 years remember when we moved from using the word “victim” to “survivor” to describe people who have been assaulted, raped, battered, or stalked. We wanted to utilize language that described what advocates experienced working with survivors – advocates saw strength, ingenuity, and resiliency.
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