A CALL TO MEN has created the LIVERESPECT™ program to help mentors educate and encourage middle and high school boys to examine their attitudes and beliefs about masculinity.
We recognize that the underlying causes of violence and discrimination against women and girls are rooted in the ways females have been traditionally viewed and treated in our society.
Although historically it has been almost entirely women who have been at the forefront of addressing this issue, we think it is essential that men get involved and play a primary role in the solution.
Research shows that men and boys who adhere to rigid, traditional notions of gender roles and masculinity are more likely to report having used violence against a partner.
The goal of the LIVERESPECT™ program is to provide educators and mentors with tools to help raise awareness about gender stereotyping and prevent the use of violence and abusive behaviors, while teaching nonviolent and respectful behavior.
By implementing the lessons and modeling positive behavior, you can help boys better understand how to form healthy, respectful relationships with women and girls and give them the tools and strategies to do so.