Following ‘For Men’.
This response covers some basic links and notes in relation to my article ‘For Men: Burden, Feelings, and Risk in the face of #MeToo’, which you can find above.
The below is a list of other resources/organizations that could be useful for anyone who wants to get involved. It was completely rushed so is by no means the best or the most definitive. If you have any you think should be added, I’d love to hear about them.
First up, three excellent organizations (admittedly run and/or staffed by great women I know personally) are FairAgenda (AU), Her Justice (US), and the more recent Level Up (UK). You could try donating to them, or one of the many below:
- Safe Horizon (NYC) is the peak organization assisting women who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence in New York.
- Safe Steps (AU) are working towards women and children living free from violence.
- Women’s Legal Service Victoria (AU) work with and for women experiencing particular disadvantage to address legal issues arising from relationship breakdown or violence.
- Oxfam are putting women’s rights at the heart of everything they do.
- Strong Minds empowers impoverished African women by treating depression at scale and enables these women and their families to lead more healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.
(Thanks to a friend for recommending those). Other organizations focused on men’s violence against women include:
- White Ribbon (AU): engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.
- White Ribbon (CA) positively engages men, young men and boys through relevant educational programming that challenges language and behaviours, as well as harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women.
- The Men’s Story Project: engaging boys and men for healthy masculinities and gender justice.
- A Call To Men educates men all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood.
- No More unites and strengthens a diverse, global community to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse.
- Hollaback is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment.
- The Good Men Project: the conversation no-one else is having.
Some articles and pieces I’ve come across that are certainly worth exploring:
- Mashable’s ‘5 crucial ways men can help end sexual assault’ offers some solid baseline ideas around how to be a good human.
- Quartz’s ‘Men paralyzed by #MeToo: Here’s why you need to speak up — and how’ cuts across very similar lines to what I wrote.
- The ‘No’ series by the podcast The Heart. They have a scrappy style compared to the highly produced ones you might be used to, but it’s raw and tough and totally honest, and is easily one of the best podcast series I’ve listened to.
- The Good Men Project argues Why the #MeToo Movement is a Call to Arms for Men Everywhere.
- The Conversation looks into What rape culture says about masculinity, and
- VICE’s The Problem with the #MeToo Campaign touches on the burden felt by women who’ve experienced sexual assault.
Of course, cis women, while the primary focus of my experience, are by no means the only survivors of harassment and assault. There are also many resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities and allies out there. This post by the Human Rights Campaign seems to offer a decent number of them down the bottom.
Finally — women, men, and trans people of any orientation: if you’ve experienced sexual assault and need to talk with someone who’s trained to help, you can: