Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence are considered by many to be solely women's issues. However, many men are profoundly affected by violence and abuse. Men are seen as perpetrators of all violence, and anytime one man commits an act of violence the stereotype of all men as aggressive and violent individuals is reinforced in the social mind.
More importantly violence can affect men directly, either as the victim of violence or as witness to violence perpetrated upon friends and loved ones. Some estimates place a man’s lifetime chances of being victim to some type of physical violence or sexual abuse at 1 in 6.
Also, men can be deeply affected if someone close to us has been assaulted or in an abusive relationship. 1 in 4 women is assaulted by the time she turns 21. These women include our friends, girlfriends, sisters, and our mothers. If someone you know has experienced an assault and you’d like more information on how you can help, please visit our “Men’s Guide on How to Help”.
Men have a crucial role in challenging our society to no longer tolerate violence and abuse.
UNCW men can become directly involved by:
- Joining the CARE Peer Educators
- Becoming a My Stand Mentor
- Participating our annual Men's Leadership Summit
For more information on how to get involved, please contact:
Natalie Bainl, Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator, CARE
Office: Student Rec Center, Suite 104