In any group of men, you are likely speaking to a group of people who have been impacted by violence in many ways. Men and boys can survive violence, be exposed to or witness violence, work through violence with significant others, challenge violence, perpetrate violence or operate within a system that promotes a certain type of masculinity. While it is well established in research that men are the primary perpetrators of violence in United States, this section does not address male perpetration of sexual or domestic violence. (For more information about these issues, see VAWnet’s sections on Batterers and Sexual Violence Perpetration). Rather, resources in this section offer information on some of the many ways that violence can impact men and boys at many different life stages. According to data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS, 2011) approximately 1 in 10 men in the U.S. (an estimated 11.2 million) has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Recognizing the various ways that violence shapes, influences and challenges men and boys helps us to move beyond the limiting call to action, “we all have mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, friends…” towards embracing and promoting activism that understands violence as a universal experience and non-violence as a universal responsibility.
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