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What Can Men Do?

If we want a culture that does not tolerate sexual assault, men need to be part of the solution!

  • Read articles and books about masculinity and the root causes of violence. Educate ourselves to see the connection between how men are conditioned in this culture and how that conditioning can lead to abusive behavior toward women.
  • Use inclusive, non-sexist language.
  • Confront sexist, racist, homophobic, and any other bigoted remarks or jokes.
  • Believe and support survivors of sexual assault.
  • If  a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his partner, don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Or if you don't know what to do, consult a friend, a parent, a professor, or a counselor. Do not remain silent! 
  • Support and advocate for increased government funding for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and organizations that promote gender equality.
  • Support and volunteer to assist programs that counsel men who abuse women. 
  • Propose and/or support curriculum changes, at every level of the educational system, that mandate courses and programs to eliminate sexism and sexual violence.
  • Organize a group of men—in school, at work, or among a circle of friends—to meet regularly and reflect on masculinity and being positive agents of change.
  • Invite other men to see the advantages for all of us if we support women’s issues and work for gender equality.

Resources for men:

 Men Can Stop Rape 

1 in 6 - Support for Men

Jackson Katz 

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