Men play an important role in efforts to stop violence against women. All men have the opportunity to serve as role models for other men and boys in regards to the treatment of women and girls. Boys need to be taught at a young age that violence against women is wrong and will not be tolerated. Men are in a unique position to communicate this message in a strong, compassionate, and meaningful way. Working in partnership, men and women together can make enormous strides toward changing attitudes and perceptions around domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Although abusers can be female and victims can be male, statistics show that the opposite is more often true. Societal attitudes reinforce male privilege and, in general, enable abusers (of any gender) and hinder victims.
Increasing numbers of men are combining their voices and resources to take a stand against violence against women. We live in a world where 1 in 5 female college students are sexually assaulted, 1 in 3 women are the victims of DV, and more than half of middle and high-school girls experience sexual harassment in school. The vast majority of this violence is perpetrated by men – men who work with, socialize with, play sports with, attend a faith community, etc., with non-abusive men. In many other aspects of their lives, abusive men are not violent at all. Individual men and men’s organizations are beginning to ask: Why do we as men stand for this violence towards women and girls?
Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC) is interested in working with men in our community to address society’s attitudes that tacitly condone violence against women and girls. For more information locally, contact SWiC at 570.622.3991.
To see what men are doing around the nation, check out the following initiatives:
“A CALL TO MEN” is a national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys, and communities. Co-founders Ted Bunch and Tony Porter believe that preventing domestic and sexual violence is primarily the responsibility of men. Visit www.acalltomen.org.
Verizon Foundation has teamed up with Journalist James Brown, Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation and NO MORE on a national public awareness campaign to engage men and boys to speak out against domestic violence and dating violence.
NO MORE, a public awareness campaign supported by every major domestic violence and sexual assault organization in the U.S.
Move to End Violence, a 10-year program of the NoVo Foundation, which is designed to strengthen our collective capacity to end violence against women and girls in the United States.