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Men of Strength: Young Men Learn They Can Help Stop Rape

Men of Strength: Young Men Learn They Can Help Stop Rape

So often when I write about issues here at Care2 they are depressing, but today I have a treat for all of you.

An afterschool program called Men of Strength (MOST) is teaching boys that they can be part of the movement to end violence against women.

Men Can Stop Rape is the Washington based organization behind the MOST programs that are taught in over 100 schools in over 10 states including California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.

The program aims to:

  • Provide young men with a safe, supportive space to connect with male peers
  • Promote an understanding of the ways in which traditional masculinity contributes to sexual assault and other forms of men’s violence against women
  • Expose young men to healthier, nonviolent models/visions of manhood
  • Build young women’s capacity to become peer leaders and allies with women
  • Serve as a hub for social justice activism and nonviolence

What do the boys in program have to say about it?

“My active involvement in this revolutionary program has been the sole catalyst for my maturation into a self-aware and confident young man.”

“MOST Club has done wonders for me. I have a newfound respect for women and what they go through. I learned about the things that males do that are harmful to women everywhere. I now think of a woman as my partner and no more as an object.”

“MOST Club has helped me greatly in life by giving me the ability to look at people and relationships in a different way. Now I am more aware of what it means for men and women to have respectful relationships with each other.

What an incredible program! So much of the discussion around rape centers on women and girls. It’s about time a program specifically targets boys and brings young men into the picture to help prevent sexual violence.†

If young men had full respect for women and saw them as partners rather than objects, as these young men shared MOST programs have†taught them, would we still live in a world where 1 in†5 women are raped in their lifetime?

I certainly don’t think so.

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Photo credit: Photo by Christiaan Briggs used under a Creative Commons license.

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10:35PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Next to Humane Education, this program must also be included in all school levels. In this way, the more young men will understand the significant role they can play in changing society for the better.

10:31PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

The true strength of a man comes when he treats women with kindness and respect.

2:10AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

To eradicate rape in Congo needs to empower the vulnerable population with practical skills like those ones being trained by Dolphin Anti rape of Kenya. And we hope rape will go down in the region. Dolphin trained the first group of women trainers at the City of Joy in Bukavu and we would like them to come back again to train more women and girls.

Dolphin only need funds to sent a team of trainers to Bukavu to train more women and girls otherwise rape will continue to be a big problem since our justice and security systems can not be able to contain the problem. Dolphin was only able to train over 50 trainers who have now gone back to their communities to train other women and girls.You can contact Dolphin on this email address:dolphin2002ke@yahoo.com

Thank you

Best regards

Mapendo Razi

Bukavu Congo

6:45PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

YES I SURE WOULD!

1:34PM PST on Jan 14, 2012

How do we get this program in our (Michigan) state?

11:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

YES!!!!!

5:53AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

As has been said the only thing necessary for evil to win is for good people to do nothing.

12:48AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

My son and I are close, and being that we school at home with a virtual course model, I also must provide sex-ed as mom. We already talked about a lot, and well, it's comforting to know that he is very compassionate toward others. I actually worry more about him than if he'd assault another person.

5:38PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

What a great and inspiring program. This kind of club shouldn't be limited to anywhere, it should be spread everywhere.

4:54PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

Thank you for sharing this article! and thank goodness for such a program, though it is a parent's job to teach respect for all.

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