July 20, 2006
Prominent Arizona Men Launch Domestic Violence Prevention Effort
Men's Initiative for Jane Doe published an article this spring about a new men's initiaive involving 55 high-profile Arizona men, including University of Arizona Head Coaches Lute Olson and Mike Stoops, and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup.
The Men's Anti-Violence Partnership of Southern Arizona has 55 Founding Members - all prominent male business, community and government leaders. These men were motivated to join for many reasons, including the facts that one-third of girls younger than age 18 are sexually abused and one out of every six adult women is raped. The majority of this violence against women and girls is committed by men, but most men are not violent.
Introducing the Partnership, Center Against Sexual Assault board member Ime Archibong said, "The Men's Anti-Violence Partnership of Southern Arizona is a giant step forward in the prevention of sexual violence and domestic violence. Building on past community achievements, it engages men as part of the solution instead of blaming them for being the problem." Board member Rafael Guerrero continued, "We're working with some of the most well-known and respected men in our community to drive home the message that violence against women and girls is not OK and won't be tolerated."
Posted by Daniel at July 20, 2006 03:11 PM
Excellent, excellent, excellent! This is exactly what is needed in regards to violence against women and girls. Until men start to stand up and speak out against it and teach young boys that this behavior is not acceptable, the violence will continue on.
Posted by: wendy at July 20, 2006 08:31 PM