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BJA’s Director Jim Burch blogs about Redefining Respect in America:

On January 15, 2010 at the National Press Club here in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to attend a webcast panel discussion and learn about an exciting campaign called The Circle of Respect, sponsored by our partners at the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). The Circle of Respect, according to NCPC, is designed to "inspire us to live in ways that embody respect where we live, learn, work, and play." To succeed in its mission, the Circle of Respect will feature an education campaign, outreach materials including publications and public service advertising, and partnership efforts to reach a national audience. Launching a national conversation around respect, online aggression, and their links to crime prevention, the Circle of Respect's first panel discussion focused on adolescent aggression and cyberbullying. In the future, the campaign will expand in scope to include harassment, vandalism, theft, dating violence, alcohol and other drug abuse, and other behavior in which issues of respect are paramount among young people and adults.

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