Sexual Assault How Men Can Help

  • Recognize that gender violence is a men's issue that affects women whom you care about.
  • Confront the abusive behavior of other males by not remaining silent.
  • Understand how your own attitudes and actions may perpetuate sexism and violence and work toward changing them.
  • Gently offer your support if you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted or stalked.
  • Respect women and treat them as equals.
  • Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence.
  • Speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing.
  • Educate yourself and others about masculinity, gender inequality and the causes of gender violence.
  • Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men without degrading or abusing girls and women.
  • Refuse to purchase any magazines, videos or music that portray women in a degrading manner or include violence against women.

{Source: Mentors in Violence Prevention Program (MVP), 2000.}

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