Author Rosalind Wiseman Elected Men Can Stop Rape Board Chair

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AUTHOR ROSALIND WISEMAN ELECTED MEN CAN STOP RAPE BOARD CHAIR

Washington, DC – November 20, 2012 Men Can Stop Rape, a leading national violence prevention and youth development non-profit, announced today the election of author, Rosalind Wiseman, as its new Board Chair.

Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, and the groundbreaking, fully-revised edition of her bestselling book was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.  In 2010, Wiseman published the young adult novel Boys, Girls, & Other Hazardous Materials, which was recognized by the American Library Association as one of their Most Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. She is now writing a set of companion books for boys and their parents, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2013.

Wiseman is also an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Each year she works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying. Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Wiseman will apply her unique expertise to helping continue Men Can Stop Rape’s mission of mobilizing men and boys in every community to prevent violence, promote healthy, non-violent masculinity and to be allies and advocates for women.

Executive Director Neil Irvin is proud to welcome Wiseman to the Men Can Stop Rape team, and is confident that the experience, passion and knowledge she brings to the table will greatly complement the skills of the board at large.

“At Men Can Stop Rape a strong focus of our work is engaging and educating youth on core principles, like the importance of respect, gender equality and healthy non-violent masculinity, as ways to prevent violence before it occurs,” said Irvin. “Ms. Wiseman’s talents along with her deep understanding of youth culture and social issues make her an excellent candidate for this position and I’m looking forward to this opportunity for collaboration.”

The Men Can Stop Rape Board also welcomed to its ranks Allison Mitchell of the Children's Hospital Foundation as Vice-Chair, Donna Purchase of Portsmith Creations, LLC as Secretary, and David Rider of Accenture as Treasurer.

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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.