By educating young men on healthy relationships, these young scholars are helping to promote vast social change.
Eloquently put in his piece in the New York Times, Charles Blow writes, “Fighting female objectification and discrimination and violence against women isn’t simply the job of women; it must also be the pursuit of men…Only when men learn to recognize misogyny will we be able to rid the world of it.
Technology and social media are an especially effective way that power and control manifest themselves in teenage relationships.
In a generation that garners equal sustenance from smartphones and oxygen, how much texting is too much? Does she get frustrated if you take too long to answer?
In 2004 the Mentors in Violence Prevention program won the Celebrating Solutions award for utilizing the coveted status of athletes as role models to address the problem of men’s violence against women.
Every MVP session is co-facilitated by a mixed-gender, racially diverse group of former athletes.
Taking Action Breaking the cycle of teen dating violence depends on our youth.
It depends on our ability to teach them to recognize and put an end to abusive relationships before they start.
If we educate the population, we will create an environment where a victim of an abusive relationship will have friends who know how to address them and additionally, someone demonstrating abusive behaviors will be reproached by peers.Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.Absolutely paramount in the attempt to end a widespread issue like this is prevention through early education.Young men are taught, explicitly and implicitly, that women have less value, are to be viewed as property, and objectified. Porter suggests that “my liberation as a man is tied to your liberation as a woman.”More recently, the Always commercial by Award-winning director Lauren Greenfield communicates a sobering message about the destructive nature of gender stereotypes around the idiomatic insult “you [throw, run, hit, etc.] like a girl.” At what point does run like a girl go from meaning run as fast as you can to run like a frolicking fool?The commercial demonstrates that the phrase “like a girl” becomes insulting as women get older and negative gender roles are deeply inculcated in their perception of self. Just as campaigns have successfully led to the vast diminishing of cigarette smokers and the almost ubiquitous use of seat belts, if we can spread awareness through middle and high schools with the hope of fostering the spirit of activism, perhaps the demeaning and controlling relationships will be stopped before they become lifelong habits.Their broad range of services for students throughout grade school and high school acknowledges that youth leadership is key to changing social norms related to intimate partner violence and ultimately breaking multi-generational cycles of violence.Research and experience demonstrate that youth need to see their peers as leaders and positive role models in order to adopt new, healthy attitudes and behaviors.Dating violence will persist until prevention is made a priority throughout the nation.We must educate both young men and young women of all backgrounds and empower them with the strategies to recognize and react to teen dating violence.Empowering young people with the tools and the language to decipher healthy relationships from abusive ones is imperative in order to quell the epidemic of teen dating violence.We often forget that dating violence, which encompasses physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse between two people in a close relationship, can occur at any age, and can be most detrimental for young people whose ideas about what is normal are still being formed.