Welcome to Men Ending Violence. This program is a part of the Virginia Department of Health's Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention Program. Men Ending Violence focuses on engaging men and boys in reducing sexual violence through education, training, funding, and resources.
Sexual violence is a broad term that includes rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and molestation. Historically, the issue of sexual violence has been viewed as a women's issue. In recent years, observers have identified male perpetration of sexual assault and relationship violence as a serious problem. In addressing this problem, many communities have focused their efforts on the behavior of potential victims (mainly women). While these programs are valuable, communities have been slow to focus specifically on the behavior of the potential perpetrators (mainly men).
The goal of Men Ending Violence is to invite men to participate in efforts to reduce sexual violence. We can no longer think of rape as "just a women's issue." It affects both men and women. Ending sexual violence begins by inviting men to learn about sexual violence and challenging them to examine masculinity. Men have a responsibility and the power to end sexual violence. As men begin to speak out against sexual violence they become part of the solution.