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Valentine’s Day

It's almost February 14th so everywhere I look these days I see hearts. These symbols of love shout out from every store window, television commercial, and newspaper ad. Despite the commercialization, selling the notion of love isn't a bad thing in and of itself. I'm a firm believer that we could all use a little more love in our world. Over the years, we've seen the concept of love expand - as acceptance of LGBQ\T individuals has grown and as equal marriage and non-nuclear family structures have become increasingly common. When I think of anti-dotes to violence, love is high on the list. Read More...


White Ribbon Day Campaign Affiliates Summer Meeting Kicks off 7th Season

The level and range of activities happening in Massachusetts under the umbrella of JDI's Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign continues to expand exponentially. Each summer we invite our WRD Campaign Affiliates to debrief on our past campaign and to begin envisioning the year ahead. As we enter our seventh year of the WRD Campaign, seven seems to be the lucky number: staff from seven JDI Member programs (Casa Myrna, Center for Women & Community, Family & Community Resources, Inc., Independence House, MAPS, NELCWIT and Safe Passage) and seven community Affiliates attended the meeting held at Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham on July 25th. Read More...


Blog Post from our Men’s Initiative Intern, Jackson Murphy

Our Men's Initiative Intern, Jackson Murphy, discusses the film Step Up and the importance of responsible fatherhood.

Let's Talk About Fatherhood: A Reflection on the New Film Step Up

Growing up, I was always surprised when my dad told me he didn’t want anything for Fathers Day. My numerous inquiries as to why he would refuse such an opportunity for a gift always elicited the same response from him: “Because every day is Fathers Day.” After hearing this, my slightly confused 10 year old self would go on about my day, passing off this vague answer as just one of my father’s many “dad phrases.” As I reflect on my first month as a Men’s Initiative intern at Jane Doe Inc., I think about these words my dad loved to tell me, and recognize the wisdom behind their meaning. Fatherhood isn’t something to discuss, think about, or appreciate during one particular day or month. It is instead something that affects us every day from childhood into adult life, as demonstrated in Noube Rateau’s film Step Up: A Documentary on Fatherhood. Read More...


Blog Post from our Men’s Initiative Intern, Cody Tracey

Read a post from our Men's Initiative Intern, Cody Tracey, as he reflects upon his time at the MVP training he attended last week.

“But really,” our MVP facilitator asked, “do any of us ever really feel harassed?” The room full of men paused, and perhaps one or two defensively nodded their heads yes, but stopped after a moment. “Do you ever do much to keep yourself from getting harassed?” There was some awkward consideration, and sure enough, most of us had never really considered the question. After a few “I suppose not’s,” we begged our own next question: “do you all do much on a daily basis to keep from being harassed?” With a few shrugs, the value of segregating discussion by gender was clear. Read More...


Where Dads Can Help Prevent Sexual Violence

Preventing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence through Responsible Fatherhood

In Celebration of Dads - A message for Fathers Day

We’re really excited to share with you some of the work that JDI has been doing to reach dads as agents for change to prevent sexual and domestic violence.

JDI has teamed up with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on a responsible fatherhood project that reaches out to men through various community-based partner programs, such as social service agencies, probation programs, and the statewide Fathers and Family Network to encourage the fathers of young boys to both model and teach children healthy behavior. Read More...


Winter Storm No Match for Energy at 6th Annual WRD

While a winter storm kept many away, over 250 people participated in Jane Doe Inc.’s sixth annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) on March 7, 2013. The snow didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as the crowd at the State House raised their voices in support of men’s efforts - and the efforts of everyone - end sexual and domestic violence.

(YouTube: links take you to the video clip of each speaker!) Read More...


Happy International Women’s Day and Thank You!!!

First of all, happy International Women's Day!

On behalf of Jane Doe Inc., thank you all very much for participating and for helping to make our White Ribbon Day ceremony yesterday a great success. Even though the weather made it impossible for many of you to attend, we are glad we held the event. Over 200 people attended, and imagine what the crowd would have been if we had had good weather! Read More...


This Starts with Positive Masculinity

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, co-chair of this year’s White Ribbon Day campaign, weighs in on positive masculinity, male role models, and how communities can help stop violence.

For me, White Ribbon Day is about creating a community standard among boys and men that rejects violence. This starts with positive masculinity.

When I think of positive masculinity, I think of role models, people I want to be compared to. I think of my father: a man who worked hard, but who cared for us. He impressed upon me the importance of respect in my personal relationships. My mother did, too, of course, but it was my father, the man of the house, who taught me what it meant to be a man myself. My siblings and I were active as kids, and we enjoyed sports and competition, but there was a guiding principle that distinguished competition from violence, and especially forbade violence against women. Today, I have kids of my own, a son and a daughter, and I find those lessons so valuable and so important to share with the next generation. Read More...


Are You Ready to RISE Against Violence? Global One Billion Rising Campaign Invites You to Take Action of February 14th

It's three weeks until Massachusetts White Ribbon Day and one day until Valentine's Day. What do these two events have in common? Thanks to artist and activist Eve Ensler, One Billion Rising offers one connection: One Billion Rising is a global celebration of genuine love that moves beyond harmful stereotypes and asks us all to commit to being part of the solution in ending violence against women. Eve wrote this beautiful "Man Prayer" that speaks to the role of men in this work. Read More...


Reflections on Masculinity: The Evolution of White Ribbon Day Ambassadors

Reaching the 5-year mark of Jane Doe Inc.’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign prompted us to step back and ask how the campaign is making a difference. We had our own theories and had in fact seen evidence of the WRD Campaign’s impact in terms of the public dialogue on the issue, involvement of more men in local and statewide efforts, responsiveness in the policy arena and elsewhere. What about the impact of the campaign on men themselves? In the fall of 2012, Jane Doe Inc. (JDI) convened a diverse group of male thought leaders who have been active Ambassadors in the White Ribbon Day Campaign and asked them to share how their own thoughts, perspectives, and commitments have evolved over the course of their involvement. Read More...