Boys are swamped with all kinds of influences from friends, the neighborhood, television, the internet, music, the movies… everything they see around them. They hear all kinds of messages about what it means to “be a man" – that they have to be tough and in control. There are numerous conflicting and some harmful messages about what constitutes “being a man" in a relationship.
Now more than ever, boys need the time and energy of their fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers. The boys they teach and coach all need their help to grow into healthy young men. Boys need lots of advice, especially on how to behave towards girls. Boys are watching how the older men in their lives treat women. They need to learn that real men don't hurt women, that violence does not equal strength, and that there is honor in taking a stand for respect and against violence. If you want to stop violence against women, help us spread the word to men to reach out to a boy in their life and make a real difference in the lives of boys and girls.