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Independence House Profile


Independence House

Sexual and domestic assault is not just a women’s issue, and Independence House, which sits in heart of Hyannis, knows just how difficult a task it can be to change this common misconception. A member of Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), the organization dedicates itself to providing services to all survivors of sexual and domestic violence regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation on the Cape as well as community outreach and education since 1979. Independence House embarked on a mission to grow their men’s engagement programs, thanks in part to a five-year long partnership with JDI’s Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign (WRD).

WRD offers a statewide framework for local programs to engage their community in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. Specifically, the annual campaign aims to reevaluate the origins of gender-based violence, asks men and boys to commit to being a part of the solution, and invites everyone to #ReimagineManhood.

“There is a really unique challenge with getting men engaged with social issues, especially concerning domestic violence or sexual assault,” says Adam Campbell, former Teen Outreach and Violence Prevention Specialist at Independence House. Independence House partners with ten Cape Cod high schools, providing support in the form of a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) club. Through this program, partially supported by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, high school students delve into the complexities and societal roots of sexism. Students grapple with the often-held notion that the man will be fiscally responsible, does not need help, and is in charge, while the woman needs to be cared for and will be financially reliant.


Don’t Cry Son/ No Llores Hijo

Dennis Muentes

For the second summer in a row, Jane Doe Inc. has had the opportunity to partner with the Forest Foundation to support a full-time Forest Foundation Fellow. This year, we had the pleasure of hosting Dennis Muentes who has worked in-depth on Jane Doe Inc.'s men's engagement work and has strengthened his surveying, interviewing, and non-profit management skills. In preparation for his exit, we asked Dennis to write a reflection about his experience working at Jane Doe Inc. and he exceeded our expectations by authoring this bilingual reflection.

- Jane Doe Inc.

Don’t cry son, you have to be strong because you are a man No llores, eres un hombre y tienes que ser macho mijo

MENding CamBRIDGE: How One Local Men’s Group Is Redefining Masculinity

City of Cambridge



For Liz Speakman, healthy masculinity is something that she thinks about every single day.

As the Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative Coordinator for the City of Cambridge, her job requires it. As importantly, she is a mother to a three-year old son. Reflecting on a conversation shared with her husband the previous night, Speakman divulges, “My three-year old has a little mermaid costume that has sparkles all over it and firefighter boots. So he runs around the house in his mermaid costume and firefighter boots. We love that. How do we help him have a sturdy foundation where he knows that he is loved and accepted for the whole of who he is and that he can hold on to that when he is faced with a world that is going to tell him otherwise?”