About Alena Schaim

Alena Schaim is the Executive Director and an instructor with IMPACT Personal Safety in New Mexico, which is also a member of the network, IMPACT International. Alena has worked on issues of gender and violence for a decade. She particularly enjoys exploring how pop culture and systems of oppression interact with individuals’ personal safety choices, as well as the interaction between different cultures’ approaches to safety and larger social goals. You can read more by Alena Schaim on the IMPACT Personal Safety site here.

Why We Should Listen to Todd Akin: How Leaders Should Speak about Sexual Assault

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In a culture of sexual violence against women, it’s sometimes difficult to remember the change we want to see in the world, and in our leaders.

The Effects of Fear & Violence: Mourning Trayvon

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There are ways of predicting violence. In the wake of Trayvon’s death, why aren’t we implementing them?

Why Do We Watch Violence?

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Watching violence, Alena Schaim writes, is just another way of doing nothing.

The Legacy of Violence: When You’re Not the Perpetrator or the Victim

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While we always focus on its direct impact, violence creates misconceptions in all of our minds.