STAND UP WITH BOYS

One out of four women will experience a rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. Even by conservative estimates, hundreds of thousands of sexual assaults occur every year. It is normalized behavior that is supported by the ways we joke with one another, the ways we entertain ourselves, and the ways we respond to stories of violence. Many have coined the term “rape culture” to encapsulate the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to massive levels of violence but we don’t have to passively accept the way things are. We can use our voices to push back.

As fathers, uncles, brothers, friends, and mentors, we take the time to speak to young women about the possibility of intimate violence.
We tell them how to recognize and guard against violent men, but we don’t take this message to boys with the same frequency.
We don’t ask boys to serve as vital allies in imagining worlds where violent men need not exist in the first place.
Boys have critical roles to play in fighting violence and we have a responsibility to invite them to the table.

Recent Blog Posts

Do I Need to Sign a Contract Before Sex?

Do I Need to Sign a Contract Before Sex?

Talk to a group of young men about sexual violence and there’s a good chance that they will bring up a list of things that they are required to do before engaging in a sexual activity. They might talk about how they need to outright ask their partners if their...

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Teaching An Entire Nation To Respect Boundaries

Teaching An Entire Nation To Respect Boundaries

I have a “normal” job these days but I used to work as a prevention specialist.  I was one of hundreds of people throughout the country that trained young people to prevent sexual assault.  Some may think these jobs to be unnecessary but that’s far from the case when...

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Revising “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Makes Sense To Me

Revising “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Makes Sense To Me

The classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” has long been under fire for its messaging.  It features a rather persistent male vocalist who repeatedly rejects a female vocalist’s discomfort and attempts to leave an encounter.  He cites the harsh weather, his pride, and...

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