Several studies have provided promising evidence on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of adapting programs for men and boys across ages and cultures.
The Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program was established in the United States and then adapted for India. Both programs have been evaluated and demonstrated significant impacts on bystander intentions and behaviors, as well as attitudes towards gender.
The CBIM program recognizes that athletics and coaches play a unique and influential role in the lives of boys, rendering coaches uniquely positioned to impact positive attitudes and behaviors.
The program provides coaches with resources to promote positive attitudes and behaviors among athletes and to help prevent abuse, harassment, and assault.
The CBIM curriculum consists of trainings that illustrate approaches to model respect and promote healthy relationships, and to integrate themes of teamwork, fair play, integrity, and respect into athletes’ day-to-day habits and choices.
A cluster-randomized evaluation sought to identify changes in attitudes toward and acceptance of gender inequality and intimate partner violence, changes in the prevalence of intimate partner violence, improvements in responses to women experiencing violence, and decreases in high-risk sexual behaviors.
The evaluation found that there was a clear shift in behaviors, with the experience and perpetration of physical intimate partner violence significantly decreasing in intervention communities.
Together for Girls, Darkness to Light, Child USA, and the National Children’s Alliance join forces with a diverse coalition of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, advocates, and leading organizations to launch #KeepKidsSafe.
Athlete A reminds us how regularly survivors are ignored and how often they are chastised for reporting an abuser. It reveals how self-interested institutions can themselves turn into cloaks of protection for the most heinous crimes.
Survivors of sexual violence, particularly those of color, should be leading the conversations about their needs and the needs of their communities, informing policy, and catalyzing prevention.
Every child around the world deserves the opportunity to learn. Education is a basic human right and a necessary pathway to ending extreme poverty. We know that equitable, quality education has an immense power to transform the lives of individuals, communities, and nations.
Katelyn Brewer, President and CEO of Darkness to Light, discussed how during the COVID-19 pandemic, adults can modify their approach to protect kids and prevent child abuse.
Childhood sexual violence differs from other forms of violence, such as physical or psychological violence, as child development and the capacity to consent influence its recognition as a crime.
Attitudes and behaviors that can exacerbate the risk for or facilitate acts of sexual violence against adolescents and children are grounded in broad social norms.
An effective intervention focused on community mobilization programs to change attitudes, norms and behaviors with direct intervention at the community level
A prudent intervention on the adoption of safeguarding policies and procedures for child and youth-serving organizations