What We Do

Men Can Stop Rape is an international organization that mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. MCSR provides agencies, schools, and organizations with direct services for youth, public service messaging, and leadership training. 

In contrast to traditional efforts that address men as the problem, Men Can Stop Rape's pioneering work embraces men as vital allies with the will and character to make healthy choices and foster safe, equitable relationships. Our education programs, public awareness messaging, and leadership training together constitute a unified and comprehensive campaign that has been launched in states and cities around the country.

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  • Public Awareness   ( 1 Article )

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    If you’re looking to support your bystander intervention efforts with public education campaigns especially for boys and young men, you’ve come to the right place.

    It’s expensive and time-consuming to create a good campaign. First you create a campaign theme. Test it in focus groups. Tweak it. Test it again. Conduct interviews. Develop messaging. Recruit models. Organize photo shoots. Test the messaging. Create a brand. Create graphic designs. Conduct more focus groups. All in all, it takes about a year.

    We’ve done the work for you.

    Men Can Stop Rape's public awareness campaigns are widely recognized as the nation's best-designed and most effective social marketing tools for young men. Our campaign materials have appeared in major publications such as The Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times, and O Magazine. Materials have been distributed across all 50 states and 20 foreign countries. Statewide campaigns have been launched in five states, and MCSR campaigns created for the US Department of Defense have been distributed to military installations around the world.

    There are a number of ways you can use our campaigns. To learn more, click one of the links below.

    PURCHASE MATERIALS

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  • Stories, Profiles, Testimonials   ( 2 Articles )
    Meet some of our Men of Strength Club members, and find out the role that the club plays in their lives.
  • Community Strength Projects   ( 4 Articles )

    Community Strength Projects translate curriculum lessons into public action and peer education. Under the guidance of adult facilitators, Club members develop, execute, and evaluate their own projects. By earning service learning credits to fulfill graduation requirements, Club members enjoy tangible benefits of active participation as well as the intrinsic rewards that accompany service to others.

  • Evaluation   ( 2 Articles )

    EvalIn April 2003, MCSR was one of four organizations nationwide to receive a technical assistance grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designed to identify and evaluate best practices for primary prevention programs aimed at stopping young men and boys from committing sexual assault. Originally slated as a two-year project, the partnership evolved into a four-year relationship.


    In the first year, MCSR created a logic model, outcome markers, and instruments to assess the impact of the organization’s Washington, DC-based MOST Club. The second year focused on implementation of the evaluation, data analysis, and dissemination of findings. The expansion into the third and fourth years involved instrumentation and fidelity testing to measure the causal relationship between the success of the Club and the specific process of curriculum implementation and facilitation. MCSR has continued to use these CDC-developed tools, including member pre and post-test surveys, non-member pre- and post-test surveys, staff interviews, and member and staff focus groups, to gain valuable quantitive and qualitative data on its programs.

  • Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment Club   ( 1 Article )
  • Community Strength Projects   ( 2 Articles )

    line_event_panel_12.1.09Through Community Strength Projects, Men of Strength Club members become activist leaders in their schools and communities in the prevention of violence against women. Projects range from awareness-raising acitivies on campus to partnering with women's groups for Take Back the Night or V-Day events. Check out some of the most recent projects below.

  • Strength Media Portfolio   ( 3 Articles )
  • Strength Media FAQs   ( 1 Article )
  • Information About Licensing the Campaign   ( 1 Article )
  • Trainings   ( 2 Articles )

    Training trainers is like planting trees on a hillside. You know that life on that hill will improve: new growth will soak up pollution and create healthier habitats. The entire ecosystem benefits.

    In a similar way, an entire social ecology improves when healthy masculinity trainers do the work of engaging men and boys. Through our half-day to three-day trainings, more than 12,000 people have developed the skills to grow men and boys’ investment in social and emotional intelligence as part of healthy masculinity and primary prevention.

    We recognize that you have different training needs and interests. That’s why our suggested trainings are carefully tailored to different audiences, ensuring that participants leave with the skills they need to effectively engage men. Of course we can’t anticipate everyone’s training interests and are more than willing to create a customized training especially for you.

    Learn about Men Can Stop Rape’s suggested trainings for:

    Sexual Assault Professionals

    University and College Professionals

    Domestic Violence Professionals

    The Where Do You Stand? training-for-trainers created a large and lasting ripple effect in our community                      Men Can Stop Rape's visit to campus was truly monumental...The trainer ignited a spark that will lead to a change in campus culture.                    This [was] a first class training, especially for those seeking to implement primary prevention initiatives.

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  • Keynotes   ( 7 Articles )

    Men Can Stop Rape's experienced staff are available for keynotes or presentations at conferences and events. MCSR is always looking for new audiences for the messages of prevention, so whatever the focus of your event-- be it within the field of gender-based violence, the corporate world, or sports and athletics-- we are happy to make the connections between your work and ours.

    Keynote Topics and Descriptions:

    Where Do You Stand? Engaging Men in Bystander Intervention

    Innovation in Primary Prevention: The Strength Campaign

    Who’s the Real Man: Masculinity and Violence Against Women

    Rape and Racism: Connecting the Dots to End Oppression

    The Strength of Gorilla Glue and Social Marketing for Young Men

    Lessons Learned about Fathering and Healthy Masculinity

    For more information or to request a keynote, please fill our our request form or contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Workshops   ( 3 Articles )

    When does it make sense to have Men Can Stop Rape come and do workshops? Maybe you want your trainers to see us in action. It could be you’re just starting out and want to introduce your audience to men preventing gender-based violence. Or maybe you want use a workshop as one stepping stone to more comprehensive and sustained work.

    All these are good reasons. They explain why since the start of the organization we’ve conducted one to two hour workshops for more than 50,000 people. Students, adults, youth-serving professionals, direct service agencies, the military, law enforcement, faith-based groups, state coalitions, coaches, athletes, and more have all participated in MCSR workshops. Choose among the examples of workshops we offer, or let us create a workshop especially for you.

    Examples of Men Can Stop Rape Workshops

    MCSR conducted a total of 8 workshops to over 800 incoming students. The program was a phenomenal success! We plan on bringing them back.                      All of MCSR's interactive workshops connected well with each audience and led to vital discussion that continued long afterward.                    Although the subject matter can be emotional for many, Men Can Stop Rape presented the issues with sensitivity and great expertise.

    To request a workshop, please fill out our request form or contact our This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Technical Assistance   ( 1 Article )

    Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is a NEW Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus Program Technical Assistance Provider. The Campus Program encourages institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Campuses, in partnership with community-based nonprofit victim advocacy organizations and local criminal justice or civil legal agencies, adopt protocols and policies that treat violence against women as a serious offense and develop victim service programs that ensure victim safety, offender accountability, and the prevention of such crimes.

     

    As a Campus Program Technical Assistance Provider, MCSR will offer individualized training and technical assistance to grantees on engaging men in the prevention of gender based violence. This training and technical assistance can include coordinated community response team trainings on effective approaches to engaging men in prevention activities, training, and community awareness; workshops for campus students on raising awareness about rape as a men's issue; and general information to Campus Program grantees.

     

    We are excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with campuses across the country.

  • The Masculinity Conversations   ( 4 Articles )
  • MOST Club Alumni   ( 6 Articles )

    Listed below are the profiles of the alumni of our Men of Strength Club. Take the time to get to know about these men who have been active members in our MOST Clubs.

  • Healthy Masculinity Action Project   ( 4 Articles )
    HMAP-logo-final_resized The Healthy Masculinity Action Project

    Be a part of history.

    Every day we hear news stories about violence but rarely, if ever, are they linked to masculinity. It’s time to make the connection between the epidemic of men’s violence in our country and what society is teaching boys about masculinity. The traditional “boys will be boys” mentality is beginning to change. The Obama Administration has prioritized the engagement of boys and young men in efforts to reduce violence, especially violence against women. Now, for the first time, the nation’s leading non-profit organizations are coming together to launch the most comprehensive effort centered on young men and healthy, non-violent masculinity in history.

    What is the Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP)?
    The Healthy Masculinity Action Project (HMAP) is a national grassroots movement to eradicate the harmful expectations and stereotypes our society teaches boys about what it means to be a man. A two year initiative, HMAP aims to build a new generation of male leaders who will model strength without violence and serve as positive change makers in society – taking their communities from awareness to action. Every day men, women and teens nationwide are all driving HMAP.

    Who is behind HMAP?
    Spearheaded by Men Can Stop Rape, every major men’s empowerment organization is also behind HMAP, including organizing partners: the National Resource Center on Domestic ViolenceMen Stopping ViolenceCoach for AmericaWomen of Color Network, and A CALL TO MEN.

    What will HMAP include?
    The National Launch: The Healthy Masculinity Summit
    is the most critical juncture for HMAP, bringing together the best of the best - more than 200 industry leaders from various sectors, including policy, business, education and health - to to come up with the best strategies to engage men and boys on this issue and uncover how masculinity continues to create environments where men’s violence against women, girls, and other men has been normalized and accepted. (Oct. 17-19, 2012, Washington, D.C.).  

    Town Hall Meetings, leaders from HMAP training instituties will activate across the country, hosting these grassroots gatherings in urban, suburban, rural and frontier communities, and develop action plans to promote healthy masculinity, build stronger and healthier neighborhoods and improve lives (Spring 2012).

    The Healthy MasculinityTraining Institute, is a three-day intensive training on “Healthy Masculinity: Awareness-to-Action” that will mobilize HMAP ambassadors and equip them with tools to present in schools and local forums on the importance of healthy non-violent masculinity (June 2013, Atlanta, GA).

    The Youth Leadership Summit, will bring together young men to collaborate and develop healthy masculinity action plans for implementation in schools nationwide (October 2013, Louisville, KY).

    Utimately, HMAP will:

    Train more than 1,000 ambassadors to spread the movement nationwide and take action by holding community town halls, presenting on healthy, non-violent masculinity in schools and working with local organizations on community outreach and programs to prevent violence against women.

    These ambassadors will arm nearly 1 million people with knowledge on the importance of healthy, non-violent masculinity.

    Develop invaluable resources to promote healthy non-violent masculinity including specific action plans for engaging men and boys in violence prevention.

    Healthy Masculinity Action Project documentary: This documentary will follow the ambassadors who bring this national movement to their own cities and towns, and capture on film, how shifting individual perceptions about masculinity can catalyze large scale change in our classrooms, offices, communities and throughout our nation.

    The Healthy Masculinity Action Project Report: Ground-breaking best practices from this first of it’s kind movement will be chronicled in a Final Report that will serve as an indespensible resource on promoting healthy masculinity for anyone who works with men and boys.

  • Healthy Masculinity Campus Conversations   ( 2 Articles )
  • HMAP Town Halls   ( 1 Article )
    Healthy Masculinity Town Halls and Campus Conversations are gatherings facilitated by Healthy Masculinity Training Institute leaders where community members and students can have honest conversations about healthy masculinity. These Town Halls and Campus Conversations will produce action plans to promote healthy masculinity, build stronger and healthier communities and campuses, and improve lives.
  • ASK and U ASK   ( 2 Articles )
    ASK (Assault. Services. Knowledge.) is a new initiative aimed at making resources for survivors of violence more widely known in a community and easier to access through technology. Part of this program is U ASK (University Assault. Services. Knowledge.), aimed at making resources more available to college students across different campuses. ASK and U ASK can unite the resources of a city or community in one easy-to-use resource that is available as a website and a mobile phone application. The first iterations are ASK DC and U ASK Washington, DC (see article below for more information), and the program is available to be adapted in other locations. Please us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information about ASK or U ASK and how to start the programs in your city, community, or college/university.
  • Trainings for Sexual Assault Professionals   ( 3 Articles )

    In the spring of 2013, we hit the refresh button for our trainings. We sent out a survey to sexual assault professionals in organizations and agencies like yours, asking which of five new trainings they considered most important to the field. Below are the three that stood heads above the others. Of course if these three don’t work for you, we’d be happy to create a customized training especially for you.

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  • Trainings for College Sexual Assault Professionals   ( 3 Articles )

    In the spring of 2013, we hit the refresh button for our trainings. We sent out a survey to sexual assault professionals at universities and colleges like yours, asking which of seven new trainings they considered most important to the field. Below are the three that stood heads above the others. Of course if these three don’t work for you, we’d be happy to create a customized training especially for you.

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  • Trainings for Domestic Violence Professionals   ( 3 Articles )

    In the spring of 2013, we hit the refresh button for our trainings. We sent out a survey to domestic violence professionals at organizations and agencies like yours, asking which of five new trainings they considered most important to the field. Below are the three that stood heads above the others. Of course if these three don’t work for you, we’d be happy to create a customized training especially for you.

    Request a Training

  • Project Me   ( 1 Article )