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April 3, 2013

Confronting violence

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If you are abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help. Be an ally to women who are working to end gender violence. Attend Take Back the Night rallies and other public events. Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing.

Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about masculinity, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence.

Don’t fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner.

Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Volunteer to work with gender violence prevention programs, including anti-sexist men’s programs.

The mission of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is to empower community members “to live free from fear, intimidation, violence or the threat of abuse by providing support, advocacy and education.”

Communities it serves include Amesbury, Merrimac, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and Groveland.

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