A profile picture of a man's head composed on some pictures of men's faces. The text reads The many faces of Manhood: Empowering Men to be their Authentic Selves. Bottom text read: A CALL TO MEN 2017 National Conference: Athletics, Education, Gender, Faith, Fatherhood, Incarceration

Join us at A CALL TO MEN’s 2017 National Conference: Many Faces of Manhood. On September 14-15, 2017, hundreds of people will gather in Minneapolis, MN for this important national meeting that examine healthy, respectful manhood in athletics, education, incarceration, fatherhood, faith communities and around issues of gender.

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is pleased to be a National Sponsor of this conference. This entitles CALCASA members to register for a reduced fee of $250. (See below for details)

Both of the recent CDC publications, STOP SV:  A Technical Package to Prevent Sexual Violence and Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices, highlight the importance of approaches that engage men and boys as allies in efforts to prevent sexual violence and domestic violence. This conference will explore strategies, approaches and programs that contribute to collectively creating a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.

CALCASA staff will be attending this event as it will address topics vital to sexual prevention efforts. In addition to engaging men and boys, CALCASA and its national program PreventConnect are dedicated to addressing how the institutions of Sport can play a pivotal role in prevention. Through its national partnership, Raliance, CALCASA-PreventConnect is exploring strategies and approaches for sport as an avenue and platform for sexual violence prevention.

To register for A CALL TO MEN’s 2017 National Conference: Many Faces of Manhood with the discount, attendees will need to click “enter promotional code” and enter “CALCASA.” on the order form prior to purchasing their ticket. This code will allow you to purchase tickets at the reduced rate of $250.

Pciture of green grass with blue sky with words saying Apply to be a movement makerApplications are now open to apply to join the 4th cohort of Move to End Violence Movement Makers.  As I recently completed my life-changing experience as a member of the third cohort of Movement Makers, I strongly encourage people committed to ending sexual violence and domestic violence to apply for this opportunity.  By bringing together leaders and activists from many different social justice movements, we are creating a powerful catalyst for creating a world without gender based violence.

In the last two years, I learned so much: I have gained many skills; I have connected with a great community of people who are making changes in their communities; and I changed how I look at and talk about change. This experience has strengthened my efforts to center the leadership and work of those who have been historically marginalized in my work, has supported my efforts to move toward transformative  justice, and to explicitly address the need to dismantle systems of oppression such as white supremacy.

For me, movement making aligns with my work to prevent sexual violence and domestic violence. In my Ignite Talk Movement Building and the Prevention of Sexual Violence at the 2016 RPE Leadership training, I shared some of my insights on how we can create change using the concepts I learned from Move to End Violence.

Move to End Violence is a national project of the NoVo FoundationApplications are due June 15, 2017.

RALLYS Exceptional Journalism to end sexual violence with gold trophyThis week Raliance, in partnership with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, recognized the importance of sexual violence reporting with honoring journalists will RALLYs awards for the highest level of journalistic achievement in covering sexual violence. The RALLYs were presented at the Raliance Media Summit, one-day event will bring together journalists to discuss reporting on sexual violence.

I recommend you check out this examples of media coverage about sexual violence.  Strong reporting on sexual violence is an impoertant contribution to changing our culture.

DIGITAL INNOVATION:

  • 1st Place – “Doctors & Sex Abuse” from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Atlanta, Georgia (Carrie Teegardin, reporter; Danny Robbins, reporter; Ariel Hart, reporter; Jeff Ernsthausen, data journalist; Ryon Horne, Videographer; Richard Watkins, web application specialist/illustrator; Alan Judd, reporter; Johnny Edwards, reporter)
  • 2nd Place – “Sex Trafficking: The Victims Next Door” from the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minnesota (David Unze, reporter; Stephanie Dickrell, reporter; Jenny Berg, reporter; Dave Schwarz, photojournalist; Lisa Schwarz, editor; Abigail Faulkner, producer)
  • 3rd Place – “Facing the Problem” from the SME Harbinger in Fairway Kansas (Celia Hack, Co-Online Editor; Morgan Browning, head photo editor; Ellie Cook, co-online editor; Caroline Heitmann, head copy editor; staff)

EVERYDAY JOURNALISM:

FEATURE STORY:

INVESTIGATIVE SERIES:

As men who are Move toWomen's March on Washington Saturday January 21, 2017 Independence Avenue and Third Street SW End Violence Movement Makers, we will join women in this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington or one of the 370 allied Marches throughout the Country (“the March”). We march together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

With guidance from our fellow Movement Makers, we offer the following reminders for men supporting the March:

  1. Honor the Invitation, earn it by educating ourselves. To be invited to march alongside the women organizers is both an honor and a responsibility. As men have historically benefited from the oppression of women, men participating in the March have a duty to learn about the context under which the March emerged. A starting point is to read the Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles of the March and begin to learn the history of the revolutionary organizing and resistance that brought us to this point.
  2. At the March – Move Back, Move Forward & Listen Up! To march is “to walk with regular and measured tread, as soldiers on parade; advance in step in an organized body”.  As men, we must be in sync with the women marching:
    • Move Back:  Appreciate that women and girls are at the the center of this March because their lives and rights are acutely in danger. Men’s role in this march is to support the leadership of women and girls. Your actions, should be guided by the requests and needs of women and girls. As a reminder, your role at the March is not to “save” women and girls.
    • Move Forward: Men must boldly advance the needs of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds of those in attendance. Men must strengthen their awareness of the physical and emotional space we occupy. It essential to building and maintaining relationships with others at the March.
    • Listen Up: Men must give their attention to the voices and experiences of women and girls at the March. Feel the rhythms of chants and protest songs, and read the bold statements on signs and banners. Some will speak truth to power and injustice, some will speak to the the vision of a new world, some will be humorous, some will demand action, others will speak deep and painful truths. These are reasons #WHYWEMARCH, and are continued articulations of what brings us all together.
  3. Dismantle and leverage our privilege, don’t reinforce it. While the participants at this March will be gender diverse, that does not mean that vulnerability and risk amongst the participants are equal.  A unifying principle of the March states that: “Women deserve to live full and healthy lives, free of violence against our bodies.” Violence is a daily reality for many women, including many that have decided to participate in this march, in spite of the potential risk. Whether through learning about male privilege and the ongoing legacy of patriarchy, or practicing thoughtful bystander intervention, men must be active participants in the liberation of women and girls. Indeed, because the march centers all women – Women of Color, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, Muslim women, and queer and trans women, elders and children – men must position themselves to support where they are needed, not necessarily where it may be convenient or comfortable.
  4. SIGN UP: The March is an access point to a Movement. For many, this march will be an opportunity to participate in a new chapter of intersectional organizing. Simultaneously, the March follows the footsteps of well worn pathways, abundant histories of women’s leadership and resistance. While the March itself will be energetic, passionate, fierce, determined, empowering, and electric, further action is required for the next days, weeks, months and years to ensure the liberation of every last woman and girl.

The interconnected movement to end violence against women and girls demands our participation and long term commitment to ending systematic oppression. It requires prioritizing the leadership of the most marginalized women and girls. It requires interrogation of privileges along axis of gender but also race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status, ability, and immigration status, among other forms of identity.

There’s some incredible wisdom that has been shared about this work, including some written by other movement makers. For access to blogs and other resources by the Move to End Violence click here.

Andrew Sta. Ana, Day One

David S. Lee, PreventConnect/California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)

Ed Heisler, Men As Peacemakers

Neil Irvin, Men Can Stop Rape

Quentin Walcott, Connect

Ted Bunch, A CALL TO MEN

(This blog was originally released on Move to End Violence)

The release of recording of Donald Trump last week has ignited conversations about sexual assault throughout the country. His words included the following:

“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

“And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”


Many people are condemning these comments and many have withdrawn their endorsement of Trump. At last night’s Presidential Debate, Trump continued to describe his comments as merely “locker room talk.” The banter between Donald Trump and Billy Bush exemplify what is rape culture – attitudes and beliefs that justify and support sexual violence. I am disturbed hearing a presidential candidate cavalierly boast about behavior that is sexual assault.

Instead of perpetrating rape culture, I want our leaders in this country to work to challenge such behaviors. I want to hear how people who seek to be our leaders will challenge male entitlement, seek to support policies to prevent sexual violence, and serve as role models for respectful and healthy behaviors.

It is encouraging to hear some male athletes challenge such language as acceptable “locker room talk.” Now it is time for our politicians to take action against rape culture.

atsa-forumCheck out this piece that I co-wrote with Karen Baker of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for the Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (ATSA)’s Forum Newsletter about the new national Prevention Initiative Raliance.

Both Karen and I  are both active members of the ATSA prevention committee where committee members demonstrate that same passion for prevention and commitment to collaboration as Raliance.

Raliance: End Sexual Violence in One Generation featured in ATSA Newsletter