Ending sexual violence in our communities takes all of us. Involving boys and men in our prevention work can benefit the prevention field, men, and the community. Here are a few considerations and resources to use when engaging men in prevention.
Why engage men in prevention?
These are just a few reasons — challenge yourself to come up with more & then put them to action!
- While the majority of sexual violence is committed by men, most men are not violent. Talk about a lot of potential allies in our work!
- Since most men do not agree with sexual violence, prevention work can provide avenues for men to challenge sexism and prevent violence in the community and themselves.
- Men are affected by sexual violence — both as survivors and supporters of loved ones.
- As allies in this work, men can help educate their friends, families, and other males. We can always use more positive male role models!
- Limited media portrayals of gender and sexuality takes its toll on all of us, so men also have a big stake in changing the norms that support violence.