Men Speak Out About Domestic Violence
We are inviting men to speak from their hearts. We are interested in hearing about your involvement with Silent Witness or with domestic violence organizations or events. We would also like to hear what you are thinking about your own life and violence, about how you think men can help in this effort, or about your own experience of being abused.
Email us with your experiences.
From: Ben Atherton Zeman BAZeman@concordnet.org
Janet, thank you for your kind invitation to write about being a
For ten years now, I have been involved full-time in the movement
Originally, I was active trying to end the nuclear arms race as
a 19 year
I began volunteering at the Men's Resource Center in western Massachusetts (http://www.mensresourcecenter.org), giving talks on teen dating violence in local colleges. Ironically, at the same time I was finding out about my own behavior women I knew were confronting me on my own overly-flirtatious behavior. They told me it made them nervous to be around me. At first, I became defensive, and blamed them for "falsely accusing" me. In the end, I realized that I was not just part of the solution my behavior was part of the problem, too.
Since then, I¹ve worked in many local domestic
violence programs and rape crisis centers, mostly as an educator.
I've also been active as
As an educator, I found that graphic demonstrations like the Silent
I'm still committed to ending sexism and men¹s violence against women in
the world, and in myself as well. I consider myself a "recovering sexist"
and thoroughly appreciate my role models for educating me as well as you
have. It is an honor to share this important work with you.
Ben Atherton Zeman
One example of a story is this: We met with a young fraternity
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