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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.