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2021 Men’s Campaign

What are you doing right now to end violence?

Often it’s minimized as “just a joke,” dismissed as “just locker room talk” or “boys being boys.” But when men objectify, degrade, or ridicule women, those words and actions contribute to a culture that tolerates domestic violence and sexual assault.

Violence happens in all kinds of intimate partner relationships, including same-sex relationships. And while men can be victims too — and we have heard much about that here in Washtenaw County — statistically the vast majority of domestic violence and sexual assault is committed by men against women.

“Abuse is unacceptable, period,” says Bill Holmes. “If men start by setting the expectation that we will not stand quietly by in the face of violence we have a chance to change the systems that have allowed abuse to happen for far too long.”

Violence comes in many forms including emotional, financial, verbal and, yes, physical violence too. The problem of violence will not go away until unhealthy masculine stereotypes are not taught or encouraged any longer. When men step up to disrupt these patterns of behavior, they are letting the men in their circles know not only is it unacceptable to be abusive to your partner it is also not OK to be disrespectful toward women or any person based on their gender identity or expression.

Men, you can help shift the culture to make respect and equality the norm by using your voices and your resources to call out injustices and support survivors. Our 2021 Co-Chairs of the Men’s Campaign, Bill Holmes, V.P. Chelsea Milling Company and retired American Airline pilot, and Greg Dill, Washtenaw County Administrator, are asking you to pledge to help end the root causes of abuse such as poverty, oppression and social injustice and to help fund a truly safe community free from domestic violence and sexual assault.

“Men, especially those of us in leadership positions, such as politics, business, education, and media, have a particular responsibility to speak out and work to build gender equality and inclusiveness,” says Gregory Dill. “We can make a real difference in our daily interactions with family members, friends, peers, and colleagues. We can challenge sexism and misogyny when we encounter it. This includes making sure that we are “walking the walk” in terms of equal and respectful relationships in our communities. We have an obligation to address issues of abuse and discrimination honestly and openly, engage with one another, and work towards a society that is free from gender-based violence.”

What are you doing to help break the cycle? Please join us today — all of our families deserve to be safe.

Gratefully,

 

 

 

Barbara Niess-May, MPA, MSW
Executive Director

P.S. We are proud to recognize all donations of $100 or more to the Men’s Campaign in a full page ad in the October Ann Arbor Observer.  We must receive your response by 9-17-21 to be included in the community support ad. Your support is sincerely appreciated.