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How More Boys and Men Can Become Even Better Active Bystanders

BI3In a February 2014 article, the New York Times claimed that bystander intervention “may well be the best hope for reducing sexual assaults on campuses. Mostly it’s common sense.” Maybe more so for women than men.

A 2011 study by Sarah McMahon, Judy Postmus, and Ruth Anne Koenick reveals that compared to college age males, college age females have more positive bystander attitudes and behaviors. Sarah McMahon and Alexandria Dick’s research (2011) reveals how men are less likely to intervene because of the social norms of hegemonic masculinity, characterized by “heterosexuality, strength, and sexual prowess.”

Some boys and men will get bystander intervention when it’s taught without any attention to masculinity. But more boys and men will become engaged and better active bystanders when we help them unpack how social norms of hegemonic masculinity can get in the way, and how healthier forms of masculinity can help them better participate in prevention.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn how our Where Do You Stand? campaign and training can improve your efforts to engage boys and men in bystander intervention.

Growing Healthy Masculinity and Campus Conversations
Help grow healthy masculinity on college campuses. Contact Men Can Stop Rape to learn about organizing a Healthy Masculinity on your campus: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

It’s all about the stories.

Men Can Stop Rape has completed a series of Healthy Masculinity Campus Conversations sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. At the final three Campus Conversations – held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Angelo State University, and the University of Arizona – storytellers kicked off each event. Some were students: a President of the Rugby Club, a runner on the track team, a politically motivated undergrad, a social work major, a transgender grad student, and a President of the Student Government Association. Others were faculty and staff: a psychology professor, an admissions staff person, a Director of Student Sustainability, and two of the Presidents of the universities.

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