Rachel B. Friedman Appointed Deputy Director

For Immediate Release

Rachel B. Friedman Appointed Deputy Director of Men Can Stop Rape
Friedman to expand growth and visibility at national violence prevention organization

[Washington, DC – July 5, 2012]Men Can Stop Rape, a leading national violence prevention and youth development non-profit, announces the appointment of Rachel B. Friedman as Deputy Director. Friedman is Men Can Stop Rape’s first Deputy Director and brings to the position extensive fundraising experience, as well as broad knowledge of and passion for the primary prevention of violence against women.

Executive Director Neil Irvin hails Friedman’s appointment as a major step for the organization in its ongoing efforts to stop sexual assault, and all forms of violence against women and girls, before it starts.

“Ms. Friedman brings remarkable skills, talent, and dedication to this new position,” Irvin said. “She is a natural leader, and with her as Deputy Director, Men Can Stop Rape will experience unprecedented growth, financially and programmatically.”

After joining Men Can Stop Rape in 2008 as Development Coordinator, Friedman worked her way up to Director of Foundation and Government Grants in 2009. In that position, Friedman helped secure over $3 million in revenue by seeking out new funding sources and engaging in outreach with funders and donors. This included deepening, renewing, and building relationships with funders such as the NoVo Foundation, Open Society Institute, Verizon Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few.

“In this role, I look forward to bolstering our work with young men, and also encouraging other women to engage the boys and men in their lives in healthy, nonviolent masculinity,” Friedman said. “I have seen firsthand how Men Can Stop Rape’s approach transforms individuals and communities. I’m thrilled to be a leader at this organization.”

Prior to joining Men Can Stop Rape, Friedman worked as a Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2003-2007. Friedman graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Trinity Washington University.


ABOUT Men Can Stop Rape
Men Can Stop Rape seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. Men Can Stop Rape is the leading national organization mobilizing boys and young men to prevent all forms of physical and sexual violence, especially violence against women. Since 1997, the organization has reached over 2 million boys and men with a message of “strength without violence.”

The organization’s cutting-edge prevention programs are grounded in the social ecological model, which recognizes that individual actions profoundly affect entire communities and ultimately all of society. Men Can Stop Rape equips boys and men to be activists and positive change agents among their peers. Their innovative programs, social marketing campaigns, and trainings equip men to confront negative male stereotypes, called “the dominant story of masculinity,” that teach men to be aggressive and violent, and answer the question “What kind of man do you want to be?” The counter story is being that man.

Learn more at http://www.mencanstoprape.org.

Press Contact: Jared Watkins
Development Coordinator
Men Can Stop Rape
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