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Check out the video to see how Breakthrough’s #BeThatGuy animation is getting to men to step in when they witness harassment or sexism.
Know a guy that fits the bill? Nominate him here!

Check out the video to see how Breakthrough’s #BeThatGuy animation is getting to men to step in when they witness harassment or sexism.

Know a guy that fits the bill? Nominate him here!

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Day 2 with the Lipman Family Prize Fellows: a presentation about campus sexual assault prevention programs. Thanks for all your hard works, guys! 

- Alice

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Brilliant guide with all the essential information you need to know about dealing with street harassment. 

whatwepretend:

"Don’t Tell Me To Smile: A No-Nonsense Guide to Street Harassment"

-A zine by Arlene Barrow (whatwepretend) and Annie Barrow (malheureuseandmaladroite)

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I stepped up to Be That Guy

Last night I was walking to a restaurant with my mom and son to celebrate my birthday, when I noticed a young couple arguing across the street. Suddenly the guy violently grabbed his girlfriend by the hair, put her into a headlock, and started aggressively dragging her down the sidewalk. I didn’t even hesitate. I darted straight over and stood two feet from him with a finger pointed - “HEY, THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! YOU DO NOT TREAT SOMEONE THAT WAY!” His body language changed immediately. Instead of manhandling her, he started pacing back and forth.

They continued to argue, but his body language did not show that he was going to attack her again, and there was a brief flicker of shame on his face. The young woman’s eyes teared when I looked her in the face, and she held a look of appreciation that someone cared enough to stand up for her. She also became emboldened and assertive in her response to him. Maybe the violence continued after I turned the corner, maybe it stopped. I have no idea if that was the “right way” to intervene (should I have just distracted them?), but at least he backed off in the moment. But ultimately, I contributed to making it socially unacceptable to perpetrate violence against women.

In retrospect, I questioned if I did the right thing. What if he had a gun? What if he would have tried to strike me too? My colleague asked  me why I did it when most people would not. My response: 
1) I work everyday to invite people to take action to interrupt or prevent violence against women by making it unacceptable, so I was emboldened to walk the walk.  
2) I knew there was something I could do - to say something.  
3) I now believe in the power of the “bystander” to take responsibility for the culture of behavior in communities - in this case, my own community.
4) I trained in martial arts for many years and felt confident in my ability to handle a situation if it went south.
I hope this will inspire others to have the courage to intervene to interrupt violence.  It’s more than a distraction, it’s a call to change culture.  It makes violence against women unacceptable.  
- Phoebe

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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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