Men of Code

The Problem

Due to domestic violence being a gendered crime and problem, work must be done with men and boys to teach them how to become allies to women and girls.

Our Solution

Men of CODE is a prevention education program for young males involved in athletics that enlists them as proactive participants to prevent and address intimate partner violence. Men of CODE stands for Men of Character, who own their behavior and are dedicated to leading by example. Men of CODE works with young men in established male settings, such as athletic teams, that are often incubators for unhealthy masculinity and behaviors that inform a culture of violence. Program participants explore unhealthy masculinity and oppression; how they lead to intimate partner and sexual violencebystander intervention including discussions about consent; and how to help someone in an abusive relationship.

By providing education and training about dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and bystander intervention, Men of CODE assumes accountability for cultivating a generation of young men who can clearly identify the symptoms, change the culture, and protect their peers. After six-week classroom instruction, students are then empowered to utilize what they have learned through mentorship and develop new ways to engage their peers about violence against women and girls. Additional components are utilized throughout the year to sustain learning opportunities. Men of CODE prepares young men to make good positive decisions and lead healthy lives while embracing manhood without detriment to themselves, their peers, women, girls, and the community as a whole. Men of CODE has been recognized by White House Vice President Joe Biden as a national model prevention program and has been featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Our Lessons:

Over the course of the Men of CODE program, we aim to address these important topics, as well as any other topics that the students request for us to focus on.

  • Leadership
  • Masculinity
  • Dating Violence
  • Consent
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Violence
  • Mental Health

Our Results

After taking Men of CODE

  • 86% of participants displayed a high understanding of personal responsibility and were confident to intervene if someone they knew was being abused or was the abuser.

  • 96% believe it is important to hold themselves accountable for their actions

  • 85% could identify the signs of unhealthy relationships and understood what it means to be a good partner.

  • 96% agreed that insulting or demeaning a partner is not a healthy part of a relationship.

  • 72% of participants better understood consent, up from 46% of participants before the program.

  • 91% agree that a person can change their mind about having sex even if they already consented and started the act.

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