We are seeing more ini­tia­tives focused on facil­i­tating con­ver­sa­tion between men and boys on the topic of sexual vio­lence and atti­tudes — a sub­ject on which men have not been effec­tively engaged in the past. Jackson Katz, who co-​​founded Men­tors in Vio­lence Pre­ven­tion at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, pro­motes a grass­roots approach to ending gender vio­lence that encour­ages male lead­er­ship and own­er­ship. Orga­ni­za­tions like A Call to Men, led by Ted Bunch and his team, work with young men to chal­lenge common notions of ‘man­hood.’ A sim­ilar ini­tia­tive from Futures Without Vio­lence, Coaching Boys into Men, trains adult men­tors to teach boys respectful atti­tudes towards girls in youth ath­letics. Sim­ilar oppor­tu­ni­ties should be expanded at schools, places of wor­ship, and on ath­letic teams to sen­si­tize boys and young men to gender issues with oppor­tu­ni­ties for discussion.

 

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