Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Resources for Men

This is a list of resources for those who identify as men. The categories are in place in order to facilitate ease of access, not to maintain hierarchical or horizontal separations (except alphabetical hierarchy). These resources are local, national, international, or on the internet. 

If you are a part of or would like to add a website or resource to any of these lists, please contact rlblack(at)fortlewis.edu.

Bear in mind most of these links and sites have resource lists of their own that can offer much more information and resources.

 

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Disclaimer: Fort Lewis College and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center do not necessarily endorse any of these organizations or websites and/or any content they may contain.

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Men Can Stop Rape seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. In 1997, the founders of Men Can Stop Rape pioneered a different way of addressing the epidemic of violence against women. Though the majority of violent acts against women are committed by men, the vast majority of prevention efforts are risk-reduction and self-defense tactics directed at women. The founders wanted to shift the responsibility of deterring harm away from women by promoting healthy, nonviolent masculinity. Their vision offered a plan for prevention that outlines positive, proactive solutions to engaging men as allies, inspiring them to feel motivated and capable to end men’s violence against women. [This website also provides resources for perpetrators, survivors, resources for sexual and domestic violence, and men's anti-violence organizations.]
 
  
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is a leadership program that motivates both men and women to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered “women’s issues:” rape, battery, and sexual harassment. Our goals are to raise awareness of participants about the level of men's verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of women; challenge thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex, and violence; open dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences; inspire leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to effect change in their respective communities.

 
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women (VAW). In over fifty-five countries, campaigns are led by both men and women, even though the focus is on educating men and boys. In some countries it is a general public education effort focused on ending violence against women. The main goal of WRC is ending violence against women in all its forms. We accomplish this in five ways: 1)Challenging everyone to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language and actions; 2) Educating young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through the educational resources we produce; 3) Raising public awareness of the issue; 4) Working in partnership with women’s organizations, the corporate sector, the media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women; and 5) Supporting White Ribbon Campaigns around with our experience, resources and networks.

 

NOLOSE: The Revolution Just Got Bigger
NOLOSE is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture. In the activist and empowerment work that we do, we envision a world: that is accessible to fat people and reflective of us; that is without fat discrimination, hatred or prejudice; where beauty, morality, health, humor and fashion are divorced from size and shape and all bodies are celebrated; where fighting fat phobia is seen as integrally linked to other social justice issues such as the women's movement, anti-racist and anti-imperialist struggles of people of color at home and around the world, queer and transgender movements, class struggle, disability rights movements and more; where all people have a right to basic human rights as well as joy, sensuality and self-determination.
Website: www.nolose.org/
 
 
The Body Positive's mission is to implement educational programs that transform individual and societal beliefs about weight, body image, and identity. The result is a growing national movement of healthy, confident individuals contributing to positive change in the world.

 

Services: This program provides discounted medical, dental, and mental health services based on income and family size for people who have no insurance.  A growing list of health providers are participating in the CARES program, offering discounts on medical, dental, vision, and mental health services in La Plata County.
Phone Number: 970.385.4747
 
 
A candid, informative guide directed at teenagers that seeks to provide people with accurate, up-to-date information about sex and sexuality. Although directed toward teens, this site is useful for all kinds of people who want to exercise their right to sexual education.
Website: www.positive.org
 
 
 
 
 
Services: abortion; birth control; general health care; HIV testing; men’s health care; morning-after pill (emergency contraceptive, aka “Plan-B”); pregnancy testing and services; STD testing, treatment, and vaccinations; women’s health care.
Phone Number: 970.247.3002
Address: 46 Suttle Street, Durango, CO 81301
 
 
The Red Knob is a health education resources, training and consultancy company dedicated to a social marketing, public health based  ‘what works’ approach to work with young men. Red Knob aims to provide health information, particularly to young men, in an innovative and accessible way that combines health messages with popular cultural media. Most of the resources that deliver health information to young men are provided by statutory or voluntary agencies that due to their very nature as ‘official’ bodies are unable to deliver health material in the way Red Knob can.

 

The Men's Resource Center
The mission of the Men's Resource Center for Change is to support men in developing healthy self-awareness and meaningful personal relationships with women, children and other men that move beyond the limits of masculine stereotypes and social patterns that have divided men historically. We seek to engage men in a quest for emotional and social literacy, in the practice of respectful attitudes and treatment towards others, and in the development of constructive means of conflict resolution. We are committed to enhancing men's leadership and partnership with others in order to promote models of positive masculinity and individual integrity, while dismantling patterns of personal and societal violence and fostering social equality.
 

 

 

We are a community of 21st Century thought leaders around the issue of men’s roles in modern life. We explore the world of men and manhood in a way that no media company ever has, tackling the issues and questions that are most relevant to men’s lives. We write about fatherhood, family, sex, ethics, war, gender, politics, sports, pornography, and aging. We shy away from nothing. Our content reflects the multidimensionality of men — we are alternatively funny and serious, provocative and thoughtful, earnest and light-hearted. We search far and wide for new stories and new voices from “the front lines of modern manhood.” And we do it without moralizing and without caricaturizing our audience; we let guys be guys, but we do it while challenging confining cultural notions of what a “real man” must be.

 

Prostitutes' Education Network (PENET)

The Prostitutes' Education Network is an information service about legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers. The service is comprised of information for sex workers and activists/educators who study issues of decriminalization, human rights in the context of prostitution, violence against prostitutes and women, sex workers and pornography, as well as current trends in legislation and social policy in the U.S. and internationally.
 
The Sex Workers Project (SWP) provides legal services and legal training, and engages in documentation and policy advocacy, for sex workers. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, we protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry.

 

 

 

Protect Our Defenders
This non-profit organization seeks to honor, support and give voice to the brave women and men in uniform who have been sexually assaulted while serving their country. And re-victimized by the military adjudication system – a system that often blames the victim and fails to prosecute the perpetrator.Protect Our Defenders helps ensure that survivors of rape and sexual assault in the military receive justice and appropriate medical support. And that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes. We provide opportunities for survivors, victims and their families to collectively tell their stories (through our organization), and to share their experiences with Congress so that proper remedies can be built into law.
 
 
 
Mission: To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. Today’s veterans face tremendous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to a lack of understanding by university faculty and peers. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree seems to be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.
 

 

 

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Alternative Horizons

It is the mission of Alternative Horizons to provide support and alternatives to survivors of domestic violence and their families while striving to strengthen our community through education and prevention efforts. Alternative Horizons services are free, confidential and offered both in English and Spanish.
Services: 24 hour free, confidential and bi-lingual hot-line (970.247.9619); support groups for survivors and the children of survivors; prevention education and outreach to the community; court advocacy; “Bridges of Hope” legal project; GLBTQ resources.
24 Hour Hotline: 970.247.9619
Office: 970.247.4374
 
 
The Mission of Our Sister’s Keeper Coalition is to be dedicated to the actions that promote the safety and sovereignty of all families, and to honor the fundamental value of those who experience Family Violence by providing inclusive victim services, educational programs and community outreach, all of which help survivor’s achieve long term financial goals and self-sufficiency. Our Sister’s Keeper Coalition is dedicated to working with all victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. All services free and confidential.
 
Services: 24 Hour Hotline (970.247.7888); community outreach; volunteer services; legal advocacy; ESL (English as a second language) Community outreach; youth hotline advocacy (970-385-6789); Two-spirited Advocacy; domestic violence advocacy; self-help program; Natural Health and Healing Program; Holistic Healing.
24 Hour Hotline: 970-247-7888
Website: http://www.oskcprevention.org/
Office: 970-259-2519

 

 
SASO (Sexual Assault Services Organization)
SASO is dedicated to providing advocacy to victims of sexual assault and providing education and prevention programs aimed at increasing public awareness and safety, in an anti-oppression framework. SASO advocates and staff are here to listen to you, believe you and offer guidance and information to help you heal and transform. Speaking with an advocate can help you understand your feelings, and we can connect you to other resources that can help. All of our services are free and confidential, and many are available in Spanish as well.
Services: 24-hour hotline (970.247.5400) In-person advocacy; support groups; services for men; advocacy, volunteer, and responder training; education and prevention.
24 Hour Hotline: 970.247.5400 Website: www.durangosaso.org
Office Phone: 970.259.3074 
 
 
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Men Can Stop Rape seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. In 1997, the founders of Men Can Stop Rape pioneered a different way of addressing the epidemic of violence against women. Though the majority of violent acts against women are committed by men, the vast majority of prevention efforts are risk-reduction and self-defense tactics directed at women. The founders wanted to shift the responsibility of deterring harm away from women by promoting healthy, nonviolent masculinity. Their vision offered a plan for prevention that outlines positive, proactive solutions to engaging men as allies, inspiring them to feel motivated and capable to end men’s violence against women. [This website also provides resources for perpetrators, survivors, resources for sexual and domestic violence, and men's anti-violence organizations.]

 

Staffed 24 hours a day by trained counselors who can provide crisis assistance and information about shelters, legal advocacy, health care centers, and counseling. The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning,resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE  (7233) 
or TTY: 1-800-787-3224 
 
 
 
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization.  Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org . This nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  These hotlines have helped over 1.3 million people since RAINN's founding in 1994.
24 Hour Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE 
Website: www.rainn.org 
 
 
A human rights organization that provides services, publications, and training to serve those who typically fall between the cracks of domestic violence services: straight men, GLBT victims, teens, and the elderly. We promote services for all victims and accountability for all perpetrators.