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Where Do You Stand? Campaign Launches Nationally

Nate_Bronstein_Web"Gentleman, this is our time.  Today, right here, right now.  It is our time to take a stand and stop violence across the country.  We are here to say, that enough is enough and sexual assault and violence against women is not just a women’s issue.  We all have our reasons for being here, our unique and varying stories.  But somewhere along the line we found one another and turned our causes into movement.  And as our movement grew, we broke down the silos among our communities and our universities.  And what happens here will not end at this event in DC.  We have this chance to make a difference to ensure that 100% of our society mobilizes for this cause.  We have this chance to find ways to make our campus safe, to find ways to create a culture of action and not just talk.  Every campus needs to make this a priority and engage as many men as we can.  As we stand, so must others.  And to this mission we will be unrelenting, unyielding to a culture of violence.  We are not just men of families, or friends, or peace, we are Men of Strength."

-Nate Bronstein, American University Men of Strength

On Tuesday January 31, Men Can Stop Rape launched its national bystander intervention campaign WHERE DO YOU STAND? in Washington, DC. About 30 area high school and campus MOST Club members gathered at Georgetown University to discuss bystander intervention strategies and how men can prevent and respond to gender-based violence and sexism. Holly Kearl from the American Association of University Women spoke to the importance of men learning the skills to be active and positive bystanders when they see incidents of violence, especially physical and sexual assault, harassment, and stalking. Nate Bronstein of American University Men of Strength energized the room of high school and college students with the speech above. The students then role-played different bystander intervention situations and came up with strategies to safely and effectively intervene.

Check out our press release about the event, our WHERE DO YOU STAND? page with more information on the campaign, and our shop for WHERE DO YOU STAND? materials. Don't miss our limited time package deals to save over 20% on our training, banner, floor graphic, posters, postcards, and wristband.

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Support Men Can Stop Rape This Father's Day
Jay_Kennedy_Rec_-_CopyFather’s Day holds a special significance here at Men Can Stop Rape. As one of the leading organizations working with men and boys to prevent violence and promote gender equity, fathers and fatherhood come up often in our discussions of masculinity with young people. In one of our exercises, we ask young people to name the “Strongest Man” in their life: the man who has always been there for them and helped shape their values. It is truly heartbreaking to see young people who were eager to list why James Bond is a “Real Man” fall silent when asked to name a man who made a real difference in their lives.


Fortunately, this is not the norm. Young people will tell stories about how their father, uncle, grandfather, coach, teacher, or other male figure taught them the importance of kindness, showing emotions, or standing up for what’s right. The Strongest Men in their lives aren’t strong because they are stereotypically masculine; they’re strong because they stand as an example of inner-strength. The most important lesson to take from this exercise, I think, is that we are all fathers and mothers to the young people in our communities. As men and women working toward creating cultures free from violence, we all have a responsibility to be active in the lives of young people, be it through volunteering, practicing healthy fatherhood, or role modeling bystander intervention in the face of sexism and violence against women.

As the Men of Strength (MOST) Club celebrates another Father’s Day in its storied existence, I reflect on the countless young men I and our other MOST Club Mentors have impacted. I’m proud to say that many young and adult men would call me the Strongest Man they know. I’m proud to say that many young and adult men would call their MOST Club Mentor the Strongest Man they know. I’m proud to say that the young men I met at our very first MOST Club meeting in 2001 are being called the Strongest Man by boys and young men they’ve impacted in their communities. I’m proud to say that every May and June, we send off graduating MOST Club members who will be strong fathers, coaches, scientists, business owners, artists, and leaders of the future. They will bring about a society where men and women work together as fathers and mothers of a world without violence.

This year is an opportune time to look to the future as issues like the presidential election and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act ask us to examine our priorities. We must prioritize children and young people if we want violence to end. We must ask ourselves how we can be better parents on every level: to our own children and to the children of our community, state, nation, and world.

This Father’s Day, give for one of those young men who cannot name a strong man in his life. Give in honor of the strongest man in your life. Give so that the next generation of fathers can model healthy masculinity and strength without violence. Give to Men Can Stop Rape today.

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Sincerely,

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Neil Irvin
Executive Director
Men Can Stop Rape

P.S. Help spread healthy masculinity by supporting the Healthy Masculinity Action Project and attending the Healthy Masculinity Summit October 17-19 in Washington, DC. Learn more here.

 


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