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A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals the extent of the problem of violence against women in the EU. 
The shocking statistics reveal that approximately 61 million women in the EU have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence.
This global epidemic is clearly unacceptable.
-Mihika

A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) reveals the extent of the problem of violence against women in the EU. 

The shocking statistics reveal that approximately 61 million women in the EU have experienced physical and/ or sexual violence.

This global epidemic is clearly unacceptable.

-Mihika

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As seen in The Guardian, Al Jazeera America and The Good Men Project:

"Be That Guy” (#BeThatGuy) is a new initiative by global human rights organization Breakthrough. That Guy knows that even street harassment or nasty comments create and sustain a culture of inequality that enables everything from rudeness to violence. That Guy — even by saying, “Dude, knock it off” — is breaking the rules of that culture and helping create a new one in which all people are treated respectfully and able to be their best selves.

#BeThatGuy debuted in an animated PSA that ran 72 times at the NASCAR Miami Speedway Championship in November 2013, reaching enormous new — and receptive — audiences and generating coverage in The Guardian, The Good Men Project, and more. #BeThatGuy represents Breakthrough’s commitment — as in its global Ring the Bell campaign — to inspiring men and women around the world to take action to make violence against women unacceptable.

Check it out, and follow us on Tumblr and Twitter for more updates!

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With the staggering statistic that 20-25% of college women report surviving rape or attempted rape, (according to this report,) the news that a bar in Spokane, Washington- home to a large student population- has chosen to name a drink “Date Grape Koolaid” is the latest appalling example of how rape culture is continually perpetuated.

The Daiquiri Factory’s Facebook page is filled with disparaging comments by the administrators targeting those who express their disappointment at the bar’s decision to make light of something as serious as date rape. (Warning: these comments are incredibly insensitive and offensive.)

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The internet is rife with articles showing the shocking and distasteful manner in which the company is defending its name choice. Buzzfeed and Feministing have covered the story on their respective websites, check out their coverage to see just how far the Daiquiri Factory is taking this outrageous attempt at humor. The most terrible part? The company continues to defend the name “Date Grape Koolaid,” and even mock anyone who attempts to explain what seems to be a glaringly obvious point: rape is never funny. Sign the petition started on Left Action to try and convince that dropping the name is the right thing to do.

-Mihika

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Rev up those engine! This weekend we are bringing something special your way. 
Get ready to #BeThatGuy on November 15!

Rev up those engine! This weekend we are bringing something special your way. 

Get ready to #BeThatGuy on November 15!

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What a rockin’ panel there was yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative! Breakthrough’s Mallika Dutt lead a panel including Don McPherson, Carlos Andres Gomez, and Gary Barker about the role of men in ending violence against women. The energy in the room was magnetic: we’ll be uploading a great video snippet soon! -Dana

What a rockin’ panel there was yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative! Breakthrough’s Mallika Dutt lead a panel including Don McPherson, Carlos Andres Gomez, and Gary Barker about the role of men in ending violence against women. The energy in the room was magnetic: we’ll be uploading a great video snippet soon! -Dana

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As a longtime global women’s-rights activist, I see the perils of this kind of injunction every day in my work. I’ve seen over and over how this culture of “toxic masculinity”—the same culture that encourages men to “stand your ground,” no matter the consequences—enables all manner of violence, including violence against women.

Mallika Dutt on The Daily Beast.

Good thing masculinity is not inherent but rather learned - and I’m sure with the support of men we can build a healthier model of masculinity that will serve as a solution to the problem of violence against women. 

-Meena

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The song is surely catchy but is it fair to women? Hollie McNish, a poet, has come up with an amazing comeback to a song most would or should consider an insult to women.

Play Flo Rida’s video, ‘Blow My Whistle’ and Hollie’s poem at the same time, and mute the sound off Flo Rida’s video. Let us know what you think.  

-Meena

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Darnell Moore’s Promise to #RingTheBell

Darnell Moore, a renowned writer and activist for women’s rights, racial equality, and rights of queer of color, makes his promise.

I promise to ring the bell by standing against sexual violence against women and young girls. I grew up in a home with a mother who was abused by my father and I have made a commitment to ensure that women, young girls do not have to go through the same thing that my mother went through and that my younger sisters experienced.”

 What is your promise? Tell us at www.breakthrough.tv/ringthebell

-Meena

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My respect for my mother grew into a strong respect for all women in the world. When media and peers at prep school consistently portrayed women as objects or lesser than men, I always knew that something wasn’t right because of the strength that my mother portrayed day-in and day-out.

And in that strength, I learned from my mother how to be a man. See, being a man isn’t about shaving. It’s not about making rape jokes. It’s not even about having a dick. It is about accountability. It is about responsibility. And it is about doing our part to leave this world better than how we found it.

—Jonathan Kalin

Jonathan Kalin is a student at Colby College, and the founder of Party with Consent. This quote is from his blog post "To Be a Man is to Be Responsible."

It’s always great to see young men #RingTheBell!

-Meena

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Sir Patrick Stewart calls on men to take action and make a promise to stop violence against women as part of Breakthrough's #RingTheBell campaign.
Watch the video here. 
Photo credits: Teri Bloom

Sir Patrick Stewart calls on men to take action and make a promise to stop violence against women as part of Breakthrough's #RingTheBell campaign.

Watch the video here

Photo credits: Teri Bloom

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