How Men and Boys Can Get Involved
90% of abusers and rapists are men BUT most men are not abusive or violent. To end domestic and sexual violence, men and boys need to be part of the solution and use their voice for change.
Join the White Ribbon Campaign!
The goal of the White Ribbon Campaign is to end violence against women by engaging men in the process of personal, relational and social change.
Men simply have to sign the pledge on this page.
And then think about – and try to incorporate – seven behaviors identified by the International White Ribbon Campaign Committee to help end gender-based violence and promote gender equity, healthy relationships and positive ideals of masculinity:
- Think about the kind of man you want to be. Be true to yourself.
- Never use force, threats, or violence in your relationships with others.
- Wear a white ribbon and speak out against violence against women.
- Be a good role model and share with those around you the importance of respecting women and girls.
- Learn about the impact of violence against women in our communities.
- Challenge and speak out against hurtful language, sexist jokes and bullying.
- Accept your role as a guy in helping end violence against women. It affects everyone.
Each April, Walk a Mile In Her Shoes takes place in Fairfield, led by White Ribbon Committee Chair Gary MacNamara, Fairfield Police Chief. The event features a walk down the Post Road to Town Hall, where there are speakers and awards given in many categories, including most creative shoes, best signs and fun T-shirts. It’s a great way to build awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
History of the White Ribbon Campaign
Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women students at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada, were killed by gunman Marc Lepine who claimed he was “fighting feminism.” Because of the massacre, a handful of men in Canada formed the White Ribbon Campaign because they felt they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women. Today, there are White Ribbon Campaigns in more than 55 countries.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
Join the 10×10 Campaign!
The 10×10 Campaign in a nutshell:
10 men each talking to 10 other men and boys about healthy relationships and the prevention of
intimate partner violence, dating violence and stalking.
The campaign is open to any man who wants to take action to prevent intimate partner violence.
Men attend one 2-hour training and then go out and talk to others about what they learned.
3 A’s to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
- Build your own AWARENESS about intimate partner violence, dating violence and stalking: Educate yourself!
- Take ACTION by teaching other men and boys what you have learned: Engage others!
- Increase ACCOUNTABILITY in your community by involving others to prevent intimate partner violence: Be the change you want to see!
Increasing your awareness about intimate partner violence is only the first step. With the tools that the 10×10 Campaign will give you, you can carry on the conversation and educate others about the problem and its impact. If more people are aware of the issue, offenders will be held accountable and more victims will find safety and support.
For more information, contact the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Join the Where Do You Stand? Campaign!
Where Do You Stand? is a bystander intervention campaign for college men.
The campaign positively portrays young men as vital allies and invites all men to consider their own stance on men preventing sexism and sexual assault.
Visit the Where Do You Stand? campaign website for information from the national organization, Men Can Stop Rape.
Hope Starts Here!
Let The Center for Family Justice become your lifeline.
Please call us today at 203-334-6154
Or 24/7 on a hotline:
Domestic violence: 203-384-9559
Sexual assault: 203-333-2233
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Serving victims and raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull in Fairfield County