6:00 p.m. Jessica Jones arrives home with her three children. She rushes to start dinner. The children remove their
backpacks and begin their homework.
6:30 p.m. Keys jiggle at the door as Jessica rushes to finish cooking. She tells the children to hurry with their homework, but the children run to the door to welcome their Father.
Jessica’s husband, Steve, enters. He tells the children to go to their room, but the children want to linger. He yells at them. Jessica says nothing; she’s still getting dinner on the table.
Steve has a grim look on his face. She looks up to ask about his day. Without provocation he lunges, hits her and knocks her to the floor. The children see it all. Terrified, they run out of the kitchen. Jessica calls after them that everything is ok, but everything is far from OK. Jessica’s husband not only beats her badly, he forces her to have sex with him later that evening.
The National Violence Against Women Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, states that one in six women will be sexually assaulted during her lifetime. It’s a shocking crime, and worse yet, you probably know several women who are its silent victims.
You may even know that the physical, psychological and sexual violence like that which Jessica met at the hand of her husband is the most under-reported crime in the United States.
You may have heard that those brave women who disclose their victimization—whether to law enforcement or to family and friends—often face more adversity than support. In fact, many of these women mistakenly think that they “got what they deserved.”
They simply can’t believe that a man whom they love could treat them so hideously. But it happens to 600 women every day who are beaten, raped, abused by those closest to them. And it kills women, too. Every day. Violence against women is an old, sad story.
Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is determined to change that all-too-familiar story. Since 1997, MCSR has led the call to redefine what it means to be masculine. For only by changing the conversation about what is manly behavior can we stop the abuse against women. Only then can we start to change society.
It isn’t magic. It’s hard work. That’s what MCSR’s youth development, peer-to-peer leadership training, and public education are all about. These efforts change perceptions—and lives. But it takes time.
We start with young men. Our youth development programs help teenagers see themselves as allies of—not dominators of—women. MCSR believes that to change attitudes and behaviors, men must see themselves differently. For only then will the men—and the story—change.
MCSR’s Men of Strength Club changes lives by redefining and redirecting the true inner power of men. Our men show us every day that they have the will and character to make healthy choices and engage in safe, equitable relationships with women. They show us; they show themselves; and most importantly, they show the women in
They need a little help, a little guidance. They need MCSR.
And MCSR needs you.
With your continued support, we can help more young men learn what it means to be a real man. We can help them develop healthy concepts of their own masculinity. We can protect the women in their lives.
With you by our side, MCSR can expand training programs. We can offer more conferences, get more media exposure, and open more Men of Strength Clubs to end violence against women.
With your help, we can change some lives—and save many others. Together we can build a future in which violence against women is a thing of the past.
This is your last chance to make a difference in a woman’s life in 2011. Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Please give today and give generously. Women everywhere are counting on you.
Thank you for caring,