Men’s Responses to Sexual Harassment & Assault

What an autumn we’ve had!!!  We’ve seen the #metoo on-line movement explode across social media, and have seen an unprecedented number of women and men coming forward to accuse some prominent and powerful men, both locally and nationally, of sexual harassment or assault. To a large degree, men’s responses (individually and collectively) has been, well,…

The Role of Gender Equality

One of the core causes of sexual assault and interpersonal violence is gender inequality. The premise of this perspective is that men’s sexualizing of women, coupled with the devaluing of women broadly leads individual men to act in abusive, harassing and assaultive ways.  Furthermore, individuals exist in the Social Ecology (below), and their individual attitudes,…

Believe Out Loud!

My last two blogs have focused on men who love or care about women or men who are victimized.  My most recent post examined how men can be supportive (even when we don’t know what to do) when a friend or loved one shares their experiences of having been raped or abused (“What to do…

Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There

There is no measure for the pain, anger, fear, confusion of loving someone who has experienced rape or domestic violence. For most of us, loving someone who is raped or abused by their partner strikes an chord in us that screams for us to take immediate action.   The behavioral reaction to having a loved one…