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We thought our girls were already well informed, but Joanne was able to get them to another level of confidence.  We loved the way she got the girls participating and practicing the new skills.  They had so much fun, and learned so much.  I’m certain more than one will put the skills to the test.  This is a program that every girl needs to have at some point in her life, hopefully before it’s too late.

Faculty

Grier School

You just finished talking to us at Curry College about an hour ago, and I just wanted to say thank you very much for sharing such a heartfelt experience with us. I like to think that I treat girls good and that I am good to them, but after hearing you speak, it makes me want to treat them with even more respect and gratitude. I’m sorry about what happened to you, you seem like a very nice woman and I’m sorry such an awful thing happened to you. But you said that you would feel better if you affected just one guy to think about how to treat a girl, so I figured I would send you an email to let you know that you have, and you affected many more than just me. So again, thank you very much for your speaking to us…you did a terrific job. And one more thing…rape is wrong, and I admire your strength.

Jadd N.

I am a 19-year-old male student at Kalamazoo College who just attended your program this evening. I am a new freshman, I do not drink, and just like you when you were beginning college I had not, until tonight, in my wildest dreams imagined that rape could affect my friends or myself. I want you to know that I for one know that rape is wrong. I knew it before I even knew who you were, but I hadn’t really thought about any role I could play in preventing rape until you described your experience. I hadn’t thought about how easily someone could find themselves in a situation similar to yours before. But now I am thinking about it. After hearing you speak, I plan to keep an eye out for situations that could lead to rape and refuse to tolerate (although I have never heard it before) any casual references to rape by my peers. I don’t know if this one letter out of the thousands you must surely get means anything to you, but I just wanted you to know that you’ve touched at least one young man on this day.

MG

I was one of the many guys sitting and listening to your speech given today at Salesianum. Although I cannot relate to the extent you were put through, I can come close. I guess this topic hasn’t really hitten me this hard because i don’t like to think about it. I have a friend, who just graduated from HS last year. Me, being a junior last year, wanted to party with “the big guys.” We showed up to a college party and she separated from me, but not intentionally. I saw her later that night talking with a guy and I really thought nothing of it. Time went by and, because I had some feeling for her, wanted to find her and chill. I searched for awhile and later found that she went upstairs with the guy. Me, being very nosey, went upstairs to find her, cuz a feeling in my gut that something was wrong. Sure enough, the only door that was shut was hiding her, passed out on a bed. The bad memories started here. Not only was it hard enough seeing her passed out on a bed, but a freshman at college was about to “enter” her. I don’t know where it came from, but I immediately charged the room, pushed him away and carried her out of the house. It wasn’t until later that week that I found out that someone had slipped an ecstacy pill into her drink. I tried so hard to disguise my emotions today during your talk by laughing occassionally with my friends, due to the nature of your talk topic. I never fully realized until today how serious of a topic this is. And out of all seriousness, it basically almost happened again to my ex-girlfriend/bestfriend this weekend. She ended up in a guy’s bathroom with him on top of her. Somehow, she managed to get out before anything happened. This is not one of the “typical” responses you will get from a guy at one of your talks. You mentioned that most tell jokes, or tell stories that might not be true. But to this day, both occurences have made me look differently on girls and relationships. It wasn’t until your talk today, that I fully put together all the puzzle pieces and answered some questions i could never ask anyone. I want to personally thank you for re-opening my eyes and touching many other guys at sallies. We don’t get many talks that really hit the topic and affect students, but i saw that as your talk progressed, everyone seemed to zone-in, fully comprehending the importance. So, thank you, again! And thank you for allowing many of us to contact you. I think it’s much easier to talk to you about this, than a friend at school.

We thought our girls were already well informed, but Joanne was able to get them to another level of confidence.  We loved the way she got the girls participating and practicing the new skills.  They had so much fun, and learned so much.  I’m certain more than one will put the skills to the test.  This is a program that every girl needs to have at some point in her life, hopefully before it’s too late.

Faculty

Grier School

You just finished talking to us at Curry College about an hour ago, and I just wanted to say thank you very much for sharing such a heartfelt experience with us. I like to think that I treat girls good and that I am good to them, but after hearing you speak, it makes me want to treat them with even more respect and gratitude. I’m sorry about what happened to you, you seem like a very nice woman and I’m sorry such an awful thing happened to you. But you said that you would feel better if you affected just one guy to think about how to treat a girl, so I figured I would send you an email to let you know that you have, and you affected many more than just me. So again, thank you very much for your speaking to us…you did a terrific job. And one more thing…rape is wrong, and I admire your strength.

Jadd N.

I am a 19-year-old male student at Kalamazoo College who just attended your program this evening. I am a new freshman, I do not drink, and just like you when you were beginning college I had not, until tonight, in my wildest dreams imagined that rape could affect my friends or myself. I want you to know that I for one know that rape is wrong. I knew it before I even knew who you were, but I hadn’t really thought about any role I could play in preventing rape until you described your experience. I hadn’t thought about how easily someone could find themselves in a situation similar to yours before. But now I am thinking about it. After hearing you speak, I plan to keep an eye out for situations that could lead to rape and refuse to tolerate (although I have never heard it before) any casual references to rape by my peers. I don’t know if this one letter out of the thousands you must surely get means anything to you, but I just wanted you to know that you’ve touched at least one young man on this day.

MG

I was one of the many guys sitting and listening to your speech given today at Salesianum. Although I cannot relate to the extent you were put through, I can come close. I guess this topic hasn’t really hitten me this hard because i don’t like to think about it. I have a friend, who just graduated from HS last year. Me, being a junior last year, wanted to party with “the big guys.” We showed up to a college party and she separated from me, but not intentionally. I saw her later that night talking with a guy and I really thought nothing of it. Time went by and, because I had some feeling for her, wanted to find her and chill. I searched for awhile and later found that she went upstairs with the guy. Me, being very nosey, went upstairs to find her, cuz a feeling in my gut that something was wrong. Sure enough, the only door that was shut was hiding her, passed out on a bed. The bad memories started here. Not only was it hard enough seeing her passed out on a bed, but a freshman at college was about to “enter” her. I don’t know where it came from, but I immediately charged the room, pushed him away and carried her out of the house. It wasn’t until later that week that I found out that someone had slipped an ecstacy pill into her drink. I tried so hard to disguise my emotions today during your talk by laughing occassionally with my friends, due to the nature of your talk topic. I never fully realized until today how serious of a topic this is. And out of all seriousness, it basically almost happened again to my ex-girlfriend/bestfriend this weekend. She ended up in a guy’s bathroom with him on top of her. Somehow, she managed to get out before anything happened. This is not one of the “typical” responses you will get from a guy at one of your talks. You mentioned that most tell jokes, or tell stories that might not be true. But to this day, both occurences have made me look differently on girls and relationships. It wasn’t until your talk today, that I fully put together all the puzzle pieces and answered some questions i could never ask anyone. I want to personally thank you for re-opening my eyes and touching many other guys at sallies. We don’t get many talks that really hit the topic and affect students, but i saw that as your talk progressed, everyone seemed to zone-in, fully comprehending the importance. So, thank you, again! And thank you for allowing many of us to contact you. I think it’s much easier to talk to you about this, than a friend at school.