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Men Can Stop Rape

Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) is a national Washington, DC based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since our inception in 1997, MCSR has led the call to redefine masculinity and male strength as part of preventing men’s violence against women.

"Vital Voices (cofounded by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton) recognized us as “one of the most innovative prevention programs in the United States.”

"We've reached over 2 million youth and professionals with our award-winning youth program the Men of Strength Club, our Campus Men of Strength program for college men, and our “My Strength is Not for Hurting" public awareness campaign. 

Mission: Men Can Stop Rape’s mission is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.

The Issue: We aim to stop violence before it ever happens. Instead of helping women reduce their risk of being victims of men’s violence, we focus on helping men use their strength in positive ways in all of their relationships. Our approach is grounded in the social ecological model, advocated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a framework for the primary prevention of gender-based violence.

Programs: MCSR has reached over 2 million youth and professionals with our award-winning youth program the Men of Strength Club, our college program Campus Men of Strength Club, and our Strength Media public awareness materials."

Men of Strenght (MOST) Club

Men Can Stop Rape's youth development program, the Men of Strength Club, is the country’s premier primary violence prevention program for mobilizing young men to prevent sexual and dating violence. The Men of Strength Club, or MOST Club, provides young men with a structured and supportive space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships.

In 2003 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified MOST Club as among the top four gender violence prevention programs in the country and initiated a two-year study to evaluate the Club’s impact. As a result of ongoing membership, MOST Club members report feeling more responsible and connected to their schools, families, and communities. The most recent evaluation findings show that the MOST Club participants made statistically significant changes during the program year.

Now in its eleventh year, MOST Club’s middle school and high school curriculum are taught in over 100 schools in over 10 states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina.

Men Can Stop Rape’s Campus Men of Strength Clubs are the nation’s most comprehensive strategy to engage college and university men in preventing violence against women, developing and supporting healthy masculinity, and sustainably organizing to create campuses and cultures free from violence.

The Campus Men of Strength Club accomplishes these goals by supporting campus student groups, faculty and staff on college campuses, and men and women who are working to end violence against women. We provide training, organizing tools and technical assistance based on our experience of more than a decade as a national leader in the prevention of men’s violence against women.

The Campus Men of Strength Club is based on Men Can Stop Rape’s core organizational values: prevention, nonviolence, redefining masculinity, male positivity and gender equity. Members of our chapters examine and challenge masculinity as it relates to themselves and society, rejecting harmful aspects of traditional masculinity in favor of individual masculinities that affirm their unique realities and experiences. This positions them to create healthier, safer, and ultimately happier lives for themselves and the men and women they care about.

Members also take this knowledge and apply it throughout their campuses and communities in many ways, including:

  • Mentoring and role modeling healthy masculinity
  • Partnering with campus and community women’s groups
  • Conducting peer education
  • Sponsoring social and educational events
  • Engaging in activism
  • Exploring the many ways men can be allies of women and girls

In these and other ways, Campus Men of Strength Club members raise awareness around the important roles men can play in preventing violence against women and promote positive versions of masculinity.

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