Men of Strength Clubs Honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month
mcsrape's SAAM 2013 album on Photobucket

MOST Clubs at the middle school, high school, and college levels across the country honored Sexual Assault Awareness Month throughout this past April.

On April 18, 2013, City Springs Elementary/Middle School MOST Club hosted youth forum to support and bring awareness to Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event that brought together young men and women from different middle schools and recreation centers in East Baltimore. The MOST CLUB is now in its second year of existence at City Springs and the young men have definitely made an impact on the schools culture. Working alongside MOST Club Mentor Mr. Lewis and Men Can Stop Rape Speaker’s Bureau member Kristina Gilchrist, City Springs MOST Club was able to create an informative and fun evening for the young people in the community. With the support of Principal Richetta, the young people were addressed by Mr. George Van Hook who is a former member of Baltimore City's Board of Education. He shared some inspiring words with the youth that focused on supporting and loving one another to make their communities stronger day by day.

In Washington, DC, MOST Club members across the city held open meetings to introduce the MOST Club and concepts of healthy, nonviolent masculinity to their peers. At Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the MOST Club members facilitated the Continuum of Harm to Women exercise for both male and female students to show them how small and large acts of sexism, harassment, and violence against women contribute to a culture which encourages violence.

At the college level, two Campus Men of Strength Clubs held Healthy Masculinity Campus Conversations as part of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project. The Florida A&M University (FAMU) MOST Club held their 2nd annual mini-conference on preventing violence against women. The mini-conference included tables of resources for preventing and responding to sexual assault, town-hall style conversations featuring panels of experts, a trip to a local teen center to talk about healthy masculinity as part of our Between the Notes program, and a Take Back the Night march. Check out the Storify of the conference here. At The George Washington University, the MOST Club held a Healthy Masculinity Campus Conversation to discuss how unhealthy masculinity affects campus culture and how students can take leadership to role model healthy masculinity in all corners of campus. Speakers included the student body Executive Vice President, a fraternity president, and the president of the campus Students Against Sexual Assault group.

All of these programs were joined by MOST Clubs across the country spreading awareness about sexual assault and healthy masculinity to their peers. Help us keep this kind of programming throughout the year by making a donation today.