The Healthy Masculinity and Primary Prevention Bundle

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The Men Can Stop Rape resources contained in this bundle serve to help community organizations, campuses, and coalitions better engage men in athletics. Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is internationally recognized for its approach to positively mobilizing men in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. Since 1997, MCSR has reached more than 65 million men and boys through its pioneering youth development programs, public education campaigns, trainings, and presentations. We have served as a Federal Engaging Men Technical Assistance Provider for more than a decade. To learn more about our bundles, or send an email to

Healthy Masculinity and Primary Prevention Bundle

There are good reasons to engage boys and men as allies in the prevention of sexual assault. If we approach sexual assault as a public health issue, meaning it is a widespread problem that directly or indirectly affects both individuals and entire communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004), then men and women in a community should be engaged in the solution. Primary prevention offers men a positive role to play. Men Can Stop Rape describes this public health approach as stopping the violence before it starts by fostering the prosocial norms of healthy masculinity to facilitate men’s participation in healthy, equitable, respectful relationships and empower them to intervene using effective strategies as part of preventing sexual assault. This bundle contains a number of resources that support an organization’s or school’s efforts to comprehensively engage boys and men in primary prevention based on the prosocial norms of healthy masculinity. The resources are explained below and are numbered according to the PDF file numbers in the bundle

Bundle Content                         

1.     Healthy Masculinity (HM) Prevention Checklist – this checklist will help organizations and schools approach engaging boys and men more comprehensively and through healthy masculinity prosocial norms.

2.     8 Steps to Engaging Men in Prevention – this document contains 8 steps to more effectively engage boys and men in prevention and contains questions that should be answered for each step.

3.     HM and Focus Groups – a document useful for assessing boy’s and men’s knowledge and perspectives about gender-based violence, as well as assessing the effectiveness of engaging boys and men programming.

4.     HM Bystander Intervention (BI) Training Manual – a manual for prevention specialists containing a description of the Healthy Masculinity Approach and its relation with bystander intervention, as well as and Men Can Stop Rape exercises that build toward bystander intervention.

5.     HM 1-PagerMen Can Stop Rape’s description of healthy masculinity, which can be used by trainers in various ways.

6.     Intervention Scenarios – scenarios that can be used as part of Men Can Stop Rape’s bystander intervention exercise.

7.     Intervention Strategies – a list of Men Can Stop Rape’s bystander intervention strategies that can be passed out at the end of the bystander intervention exercise.

8.     HM and BI Training Evaluation Form – an evaluation form that can be filled out at the end of a bystander intervention training or workshop to assess its effectiveness.

Bundle Add-Ons:

For additional discounted costs you can add on the following to the bundle.

1.     Half-Day or Full Day Healthy Masculinity Prevention Training Conducted by Men Can Stop Rape –  MCSR will train up to 30 professionals how to understand and effectively use  the contents in the bundle.

2.     Follow up support by MCSR – after purchasing the bundle or after the half-day or full day training, MCSR can continue providing expert support through follow up technical assistance.

3.     A Where Do You Stand? (WDYS) Bundle – WDYS is a bystander intervention public education campaign created by MCSR that is specifically for young men. In order to do healthy masculinity prevention work more comprehensively, consider supplementing this bundle with a WDYS bundle. You can learn more at