Our approach is “upstream” – we look to address the root causes of these epidemics.
Though most men are not perpetrators, silent men are part of the problem. When we think of these as “men’s issues”, men speak up and take action.This effort culminated in a community breakfast that drew more than 400 well-meaning men who wanted to be part of the solution.This breakfast has become an annual event (attracting nearly 1,100 people in 2015) to learn about simple everyday behaviors that can either foster a culture that enables violence and sexism, or can help elevate women and girls and create a culture of safety and dignity.Started by activists such as Michael Kaufman, it has spread to over 57 countries around the world.It is now an international effort of men and boys working to end violence against women.Domestic violence and sexual assault are often considered “women’s issues.” Voices of Men is trying to change that perception and get people thinking about these as “men’s issues” or “human issues” since approximately 90% of perpetrators are men.Voices of Men works in close partnership with women leaders from our four local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies so they can guide and inform our work.If you’ve ever heard phrases like “act like a man”, “man up”, or “you’re throwing like a girl”, you know Man Box culture. Our words can imprison boys and men inside the Man Box.We’re raising boys and men to believe three things: When we tell our boys to “act like a man”, that is what they hear. Our words can diminish women and make them invisible.Casabella Soap Dispenser and Sponge Giveaway (15 winners)A. Ruby, Cincinnati, OHClicformers Giveaway (8 winners)B.