In 1997, the founders of Men Can Stop Rape pioneered a different way of addressing the epidemic of violence against women. Though the majority of violent acts against women are committed by men, the vast majority of prevention efforts were risk-reduction and self-defense tactics directed at women. The founders wanted to shift the responsibility of deterring harm away from women by promoting healthy, nonviolent masculinity. Their vision offered a plan for prevention that outlines positive, proactive solutions to engaging men as allies, inspiring them to feel motivated and capable of ending men’s violence against women.
More than two decades later, Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) continues to lead the worldwide call to promote healthy masculinity as part of preventing men’s violence against women. Through the Men of Strength (MOST) and Women Inspiring Strength and Empowerment (WISE) Clubs, we have mentored and successfully mobilized thousands of youth to prevent gender-based violence. We have strengthened the skills of thousands of trainers in all 50 states, maximizing program and product delivery.
Our public education campaigns, Where Do You Stand? and ASK (Assault. Services. Knowledge.) have served communities, military installations, and campuses across the world. The Healthy Masculinity Action Project ignited the worldwide healthy masculinity movement. Through our groundbreaking national projects, youth programs, public education materials, and trainings and technical assistance, we have reached more than sixty-five million people.