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Each of Us Can Do Something

A Guest Blog by David Sullivan, Northwestern District Attorney. David is the co-chair of Massachusetts White Ribbon Day 2015.

David Sullivan The walk down the long corridor of the Hampshire Probate & Family Court ended at my office. Right next door was the Safe Plan office, a place dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence seek protection from an abusive current or former partner. On too many occasions, I saw mothers with their young children playing with a toy or filling out a coloring book. It made me sad, it made me angry, it woke me up to the fact that domestic violence really existed in my community. It was a daily walk I took for 8 years as the Chief Administrator for the family court. But my walk was so much easier than the journey each of these victims took to seek help for themselves and their children.

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On Super Bowl Sunday Root for Team White Ribbon

This year presents one of the best opportunities we have ever had to discuss positive masculinity on Super Bowl Sunday. With the highly visible Ray Rice case (and the situation’s handling by the NFL) and with the national call to action to end sexual violence on campuses; awareness and readiness to talk among men is at an all-time high.

Let’s take advantage of this moment! Whether you’ve never watched the game, or you would never miss the game, THIS is the year to watch with friends. I want to help you get prepared to ask a few questions and have a good conversation.

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Reimagining Manhood

“Be Strong.” “Be a Man.” “Man Up.” “Don’t cry.” How many of us hear these phrases and cringe at how they reinforce the dominant narrative of masculinity?  The social norms around this narrative also shape the belief that men are to be intimidating, controlling and aggressive if they want to be respected.  While cultural differences  exist, the social education of becoming a man transcends diverse communities.  The wealthy, the middle class, the poor, every race, color, and creed, no one is exempt from the pressures to conform to this construct of masculinity.

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Inviting Latino men to end violence against women

A Guest Blog by Juan Carlos Areán, Senior Director of the National Latin@ Network and Pierre Berastaín, Communications and Marketing Coordinator of the National Latin@ Network.

I Invite YouHow can we involve more Latino men in efforts to end violence against women? To explore this very question, the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza, conducted a series of listening sessions with men and women in Minnesota and Georgia. As is our standard practice, we looked for solutions by asking members of the community about various topics, including gender roles, socialization, education, violence and culture. Overwhelmingly, we heard from the men: “Invite us.”

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#YesAllWomen requires all men to speak out

The tragedy of this past weekend in Santa Barbara and the plea of guilty in a Waltham case today come together in powerful terms for Ambassadors for the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign. The misogynist rants of Elliot Rodger – the 22-year old man who gunned down women who he claims would not date him – takes us back to the Montreal Massacre of 1989, the response to which launched the international White Ribbon Campaign. The guilty plea by Jared Remy in the murder of Jennifer Martel might put an end to the trial but reminds us that much needs to be done to prevent domestic violence homicides and violence in general. 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...


On Super Bowl Sunday, Root for Team White Ribbon

Whether you’re intent on the game, just watching the commercials, or far away from the TV with a book and a cup of tea, Super Bowl Sunday is a nationwide opportunity to talk about what masculinity means.

We traditionally view the Super Bowl as a man’s day, but women are everywhere in the program: from cheerleaders to fans to the women in beer commercials, this ritual of masculinity can also help us engage with the way our culture views women. The game keeps us on the edge of our seats, but the ads - estimated to be selling for $3.5 to over $4 million - can get us thinking, both about the messages our culture sends the women in our lives, and how we can be better fathers, brothers, husbands, friends, and sons in light of this. Read More...


21st Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre

Today, December 6th, marks the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre that sparked the original White Ribbon Campaign. The White Ribbon Campaign was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of this one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today, the WRC is now a worldwide campaign in over 55 countries that has collected well over 5 million signatures and growing. Read More...


Massachusetts Men Gear up to End Violence Against Women & Children

Twenty-two years ago on December 6th one man massacred fourteen women students in Montreal. Two years later, in 1991, a handful of Canadian men established the White Ribbon Campaign. To mark these anniversaries, Jane Doe Inc. launched the 5th Annual Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign and joined with over 60 countries worldwide to remember these women and to call upon men to be a part of the solution in ending violence against women. Read More...


We Must Talk with our Boys

The case of Lauren Astley's homicide brings this into clear focus.

“The slaying of local teen, Lauren Astley, 18, that shocked the quiet Massachusetts town of Wayland over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, highlights a national problem of under-reported abuse and coercion in teenage romantic relationships, anti-violence experts say.”

“In the case of Nathaniel Fujita, it was suggested a history of violence and abuse was nonexistent. In a statement made by Astley's father, Malcolm, following Fujita's arraignment, the slain girl's father said Fujita's family showered their son with love.” Read More...