We are EMBASVP, an Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) funded program at The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc. Our mission at EMBASVP is to involve men and boys in the movement to end sexual violence by encouraging healthy masculinity, fostering strong role models, and building male allies in the community. Many times men and boys around us say “Hey, I don’t rape, so I don’t need to do anything.” Not true! We need ALL men/boys/masculine-identified people to stand up, speak out, and be role models and examples of healthy forms of masculinity.
One way that EMBASVP works towards this mission is through the Men and Boys Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is a group of dedicated and passionate men and boys in the Greater Lowell community that work towards encouraging healthy manhood, providing mentorship, and by empowering other men and boys to become active in their greater communities. They do this with the ultimate vision of ending gender-based violence in our community.
In addition, through funding by the Mary Bacugalupo Educational Endowment Fund and in partnership with the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, EMBASVP created the Buzz for Safety campaign. Buzz for Safety provides workshops at local barber shops around the topics of sexual violence, healthy masculinity, and how to be active in your community to end gender-based violence. We have received positive results from these workshops and are looking forward to doing more!
You can also find EMBASVP on social media! Follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/embasvp or on Snapchat: embasvp
If you have any questions about EMBASVP or would like to get involved with any of the programming under EMBASVP, please contact Caitlin LeMay at Caitlin@chhinc.org or 978-452-7721 ext. 114
Engaging Men and Boys in Sexual Violence Prevention (EMBASVP)
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