Mission: Men Can Stop Rape’s mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
The Issue: We aim to stop violence before it ever happens. Instead of helping women reduce their risk of being victims of men’s violence, we focus on helping men use their strength in positive ways in all of their relationships. Our approach is grounded in the social ecological model, advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a framework for the primary prevention of gender-based violence.
Programs: MCSR has reached over 2 million youth and professionals with our award-winning youth program the Men of Strength Club, our college program Campus Men of Strength Club, and our “My Strength is Not for Hurting" public awareness materials.
The Men of Strength Club: Also known as MOST Club, this school-based 22-week curriculum teaches male teens ages 11-18 healthy dating relationship skills and encourages them to show their “strength” in positive ways among their peers. Now in its 10th year, the Club’s middle school and high school curriculum are in schools throughout California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.
Strength Media: Our public awareness materials have been distributed and sold across all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. Where Do You Stand? posters target high school and college age men, while our “[Y]MOST: Young Men of Strength” posters (released in September 2010) focus on empowering middle school aged boys to take action against gender-based harassment, teasing, bullying, and cyber-bullying. We’ve created materials for more than ten state and federal agencies; in 2009 we created posters, video PSA’s and training materials for the military through the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
Campus Men of Strength Club: Our program for college and university men has eight chapters in colleges throughout Florida, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, and Washington, DC.
Demographics: Men Can Stop Rape’s educational programs and outreach focuses on males ages 11-22. To date, our resources have reached more than two million youth nationwide