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The Family Violence Prevention Project empowers men to speak out against violence against women and girls.  Too often boys and  men are talked at about family violence and typically it's in terms of perpetration.  It's time to change the discussion and it's time to have men lead the discussion about preventing family violence.  And, men, it's time to talk to the boys in your life


The boys in your life need your time and energy. Your son, grandson, nephew, younger brother. The boys you teach, coach and mentor. All of them need you to help them grow into healthy young men.

Boys are swamped with influences outside of the home - from friends, the neighborhood, television, the internet, music, the movies, and video games.

They hear all kinds of messages about what it means to "be a man" - that they have to be tough and in control. There are numerous conflicting and some harmful messages being given to boys about what constitutes "being a man" in a relationship.

Boys need your advice on how to behave toward girls.

Boys are watching how you and other men relate to women to figure out their own stance towards girls.
So teach boys early, and teach them often, that there is no place for violence in a relationship.

What Can Men Do?

Men increasingly are changing their own behavior and personal attitudes, and accomplishing this is essential to eliminating violence in their lives. However, fewer men are ready to speak out publicly against violence and sexism-to take action as a bystander witnessing violence or abuse, to serve as a role model and mentor for other men and boys, or to work as an ally with others to help end gender-based violence. Expanding the number of men and boys who take on these more action-oriented roles is one of the keys to ending gender-based violence. And identifying the roles that young and adult men can play is an important step in deciding how best to work with them.

Check out these

campaigns led by Men

Ad Council's ideas on Father Involvement.

The White Ribbon Campaign here.

Men Can Stop Rape here.



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