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.
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.