Minnesota Men's Action Network
The Minnesota Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic violence (MNMAN) was initiated by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in 2004 to build a public/private prevention effort that engages men and promotes male leadership to end sexual and domestic violence. To this end, a collaborative effort between the MDH, Men As Peacemakers in Duluth and the Gender Violence Institute in Clearwater has been created to develop a network of men and male leaders involved in primary prevention practices.
A broad and diverse network of men is needed to align with the voices and historically groundbreaking activities of women to prevent sexual and domestic violence. Minnesota needs: 1) Men who will promote fair and safe relationships. 2) Men who create and support healthy, joyful, sexuality. 3) Men who will promote organizational practices and public policies that respect the dignity of every human being, not as sexualized objects or social subordinates to use, exploit, or disregard, but as persons with inalienable rights to choose the opportunities and circumstances of their lives.
MNMAN has been building public/private prevention efforts that promote male leadership and engagement, in partnership with women, to prevent sexual and domestic violence. It has also created training modules and program materials reaching over 35,000 people throughout Minnesota. Currently, MNMAN regularly communicates with over 1000 people (half of which are men) through e-marketing and events and has established a promising primary prevention network throughout Minnesota communities.
The MENding Project: Pro-Bono Goods and Services. The MENding Project provides a vehicle in which men can provide practical and immediate support to victims of sexual and domestic violence, including sex trafficking, while shifting the social norm of male complacency in the face of these assaults. We have developed a method of coordinating broad, community-based pledges for pro bono goods and services from traditionally male-run or male-oriented businesses that can help battered women and children and sexual assault survivors mend the harm that men have done.
BEST Party Model : The BEST Party Model is a student generated process for shaping safe, respectful, and wild party
environments that significantly reduce the risk of sexual violence. This primary prevention model
engages students, staff, and faculty in shaping one of the single most dangerous social environments on
campus through party policy and practice changes that make it “safe to have fun.”
Minnesota Champion Communities: Organizing for Prevention.Sexual violence impacts all of us. Ending sexual violence will take commitment and action at many levels: as individuals, in relationships, in communities and in society. Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s (MNCASA) Champion Communities program, developed in partnership with MNMAN, builds the ability of a community to engage a wide range of people and organizations in efforts to prevent sexual violence before anyone is harmed and before anyone harms another.
Coaching for Change: On-Line Training for High School and Community Coaches. This is an interactive on-line training that provides coaches on the ground examples of how to recognize and address issues of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, teen dating violence, and domestic violence. The training focuses on the primary prevention of these behaviors by introducing skills and strategies which create a team culture of gender equity and respect. This is a mandated training by the Minnesota State High School League for MN state high school coaches’ licensure.
Clean Hotels – Divestiture Model Policy: A travel and events planning model policy which provides reimbursement to employees only when staying in hotels which do not offer adult-pay-per-view pornography in their sleeping rooms. Also mandates event planning with conference centers and hotels which do not offer adult-pay-per-view pornography in their sleeping rooms schedules events in establishments. In this way we remove public and private support from those businesses which profit from sexual exploitation.