We know that every boy has the potential to become an emotionally healthy, respectful, non-violent man. We also see many social and cultural pressures pulling them in exactly the opposite direction. As a result, boys and men are hurting. They are hurting themselves. They are hurting other men. And, they are hurting girls and women at alarming rates.
Source: Futures without Violence (2015)
The Association of American Universities released the overall results of a survey that asked students at 27 universities about their experiences with sexual assault and sexual misconduct, drawing responses from more than 150,000 students.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/09/21/what-a-massive-sexual-assault-survey-showed-about-27-top-u-s-universities/
Males age 15 to 19 are 5 times more likely to commit suicide than females of the same age.
Young men age 18 – 19 are almost 16 times more likely to be in jail or prison than females of the same age. Source: Child Trends; http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=young-adults-in-jail-or-prison
Boys age 10 to 17 are almost five times more likely to be in delinquency cases involving drugs.
Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program; http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/239114.pdf
It is critically important that we examine the elements of our culture that cause boys and men to detach emotionally and engage in self-destructive and violent activities. Boys and men need to stand up as leaders, alongside girls and women, to hold ourselves and others to a higher degree of accountability. We all need to be part of the solution.