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Louder Together: NO MORE Week 2018

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NO MORE Week (March 4-10th) is a time for folks around the world to come together to show their commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. This year’s theme was “Louder together.” Here’s how our region turned up the volume: March 6: More than 150 convened at Rodef Shalom for Men and Women Working Together: Confronting Sexual Harassment and Promoting Respect, a workshop led by national expert Dr. Jackson Katz. Dr. Katz is an internationally recognized educator, author, filmmaker and activist and a founding architect of the bystander approach to prevention. This session focused on ending sexual harassment and promoting respect in the workplace …

Coaching Boys Into Men Yearbook: 2017

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Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based program that provides high school athletic coaches with the tools they need to address critical topics with their players: respectful relationships with dating partners, consent and what to do if a player witnesses harassment or sexual assault. This year alone, we’ve accomplished a lot: 255 coaches implemented the program for 2,096 athletes on 70 teams in 40 schools in 34 districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Please take a minute to review our progress in the Coaching Boys Into Men 2017 Yearbook.  

A Year of Speaking Out

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We rounded out another year of progress and are excited to share our achievements. Please take a moment to view our year-end report flipbook. As you read through these pages, we hope you are inspired: every one of us has a role to play in ending cycles of violence. We’ll continue to change policies and systems, but we also know the most powerful changes are always in individual relationships. You can make a difference by reaching out to a survivor and saying “I believe you. I’m sorry that happened to you. How can I support you right now?” And you can begin to change the culture by …

Coaching Boys Into Men Summit at PNC Park

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Coaches and athletic directors are invited to attend a Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) half-day informational session or a full-day training session on April 7 at PNC Park. The full-day session will prepare coaches to implement CBIM. Coaches currently implementing the program will lead attendees through hands-on training exercises and role play. Five Act 48 credits are available for the full-day training. Tony Porter, an author, educator and activist, will deliver the keynote. As the co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, Mr. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to promote healthy respectful expressions of manhood and to prevent violence against women and girls. Attendees will …

Coaching Boys Into Men Implementation Highest in Nation

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Area high school coaches and athletes convened at the Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase where it was announced that implementation of the dating violence prevention program in our region is the highest in the nation. During the program at Westinghouse Academy, high school coaches and athletes shared how the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program has helped their teams. The Showcase was hosted by FISA Foundation and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based program that gives high school coaches the tools to talk to their athletes about building safe and healthy relationships. CBIM engages athletes as leaders in schools …

Dr. Jackson Katz Coming to Pittsburgh to Address #MeToo

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Beyond Compliance: Ending Sexual Harassment Through Culture Change with Dr. Jackson Katz Join us for two exciting upcoming programs in our region to build upon the national #MeToo conversation. Both sessions will be led by Dr. Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized educator, author, filmmaker and activist, and a founding architect of the bystander approach to prevention. Confronting Sexual Harassment: A Workshop with Dr. Jackson Katz: Tuesday, March 6, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. #MeToo has exposed the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse in the lives of women across all sectors. Traditional sexual harassment training is not sufficient to create a culture of respect for women …

Attend Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase

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Sexual assault and harassment are being addressed like never before. We know abuse is preventable, but it requires a culture change from the top down. Coaching Boys Into Men can be part of the solution. Join us to learn more about the impact this program is having in local schools at the Coaching Boys Into Men Showcase on February 22. You’ll hear from coaches who go the extra mile to teach their athletes to demonstrate good character as leaders. Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based program that helps high school athletic coaches prepare their athletes to have healthy relationships and respect for all. When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 …

#MeToo: What’s Next for Pittsburgh?

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Join us for three exciting upcoming programs in our region to build upon the national #MeToo conversation. Evening with Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo movement: Tuesday, February 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join PublicSource for an evening with Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement. The simple yet courageous #MeToo campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment. Tarana’s powerful and poignant story behind creating what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift and inspire you. Lecture and panel Q&A begin at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, followed by book …

Zach Just – Laurel Highlands High School

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“All the guys admitted that they’d been involved in locker room talk at some point. They weren’t aware of the damage they were doing. They were just trying to be cool.” Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) meshed well with the team building meetings Zach Just held every Thursday during his tenure as head football coach at Laurel Highlands High School. His players were already comfortable with the discussion format, and the CBIM materials made it easy to include more serious content. “We couldn’t have talked about those heavy topics without the flip cards. They are just outstanding,” Zach says. “They guide you and help you …

Ryan Krull – Carmichaels High School

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“Coaching Boys Into Men helps young boys figure out how to make more adult choices. The name says it all.” Ryan Krull, head coach of the Carmichaels Mighty Mikes football team for the past five seasons, says the decision to implement the Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program was a no-brainer. “There’s so much negativity in this crazy world we live in,” according to Ryan. “If something comes along that promotes better behavior in our young people, we’re going to do it.” The team’s assistant coaches and local school officials were immediately on board after Ryan told them about CBIM. “I gave them an overview …

Monte Robinson – Westinghouse Academy

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“At the end of the day, if you’re passionate about character development, Coaching Boys Into Men is a great tool to start working with your guys.” Westinghouse Academy 6-12 was the first Pittsburgh Public School to bring Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) to a varsity athletic team, thanks in large part to the enthusiasm of football coach and alum Monte Robinson. He’d been looking for a way to balance the messages that young athletes hear about behavior. “Athletics creates a ‘gloves-off’ environment,” Monte says. “Coaches encourage players to be aggressive on the field, but we don’t teach them how to turn it off.” Monte says …

Mike Collodi – Elizabeth Forward

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“It’s not easy to talk about violence against women. But our kids need more guidance than simply being told that we don’t want to see them in the paper for the wrong reasons. Kids understand the importance of these messages, and, in this day and age, they can’t hear them enough.” Mike Collodi, head coach of the Elizabeth Forward Warriors, is proud of his football team’s performance on and off the field. With many competing priorities, he says, “Sometimes coaches can be pressed for time and lose sight of what’s important with these kids. It’s about more than the X’s and O’s.” Mike’s playbook includes …

Lori Poe – Chartiers Valley High School

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“Coaching Boys Into Men is a great program for girls, too. Kids of both sexes know they have someone to talk to. They become resources for each other. Not all kids have that, and it wouldn’t have happened here without the structure of the program.” Lori Poe, head coach for cross country and track & field at Chartiers Valley High School, runs a combined program. She asked her male assistants to work with the boys on the team when Chartiers Valley School District implemented Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) across its male athletic programs, and Lori had separate discussions with the girls, substituting topics more relevant …

Curt Cairns – Chartiers Valley High School

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“These are good kids, so it’s tempting to just assume that everyone is doing the right thing and making the right decisions. But unless you talk to them, you don’t know what’s really happening in their lives. You’ve got to ask. You’ve got to have these conversations.” Curt Cairns is in his second season as head baseball coach at Chartiers Valley High School, but he’s been coaching in the district for the past 20 years. “I’ve seen it all,” he laughs. He was eager to bring Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) to his team last year at the request of school administrators. “The coaches knew …

Believing Changes Everything

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Nearly every woman I know has been harassed at least once by a man. Certainly not all men harass women, but enough do to make women preemptively cautious and afraid. Fear of men is so normalized that it seems like common sense. We teach our daughters to be afraid when walking through a parking garage or down the street late at night. We carry our keys and buy pepper spray. Many women think twice before getting on the elevator if a man is there. When meeting someone new on a first date we meet in a public place, with an exit plan. We expect to encounter …

The Power of #MeToo

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By Kristy Trautmann Last week, the headlines were filled with the decades-long story of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s patterns of sexual exploitation of women. The scope and scale of his predatory behavior unfolded as dozens of A-list actresses bravely broke their silence, telling strikingly similar stories of sexual harassment and assault. And the cover-up became plain: many people knew or at least suspected, and lawsuit after lawsuit ended in large settlements, each with a gag order to buy her silence. Into this powder keg of public scrutiny, actress Alyssa Milano issued her now-famous tweet proposing to expose the shocking prevalence of sexual violence by urging …

Five steps to take if you witness domestic violence

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By Nicole Molinaro and Carla Adams You are driving down the street and see a man aggressively push a woman away, yell at her and then grab her closer to get a better angle to punch her. You are a bystander. What do you do? Domestic violence is typically a secret, so it usually happens behind closed doors. Although it’s not common to witness attacks, it does happen, and it can be difficult to know what to do to help. Every situation is different, and it’s important to assess the situation quickly to determine how to act. So what should that action look like? When …

University Presidents and Community Officials Unite to End Campus Sexual Assault

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One in five female undergraduates and one in 14 male undergraduates across the country have experienced sexual assault in college, according to the Department of Justice. On Monday, September 11, college and university leaders in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties united with community organizations, advocates and state and local officials to reaffirm their commitment and report on the region’s progress in addressing campus sexual assault. The event marked the public launch of a video series featuring 13 area university presidents declaring zero tolerance for abuse on campus and encouraging students to report and seek assistance. “Change starts with leadership from the top,” said Kristy Trautmann, executive director, FISA …

Teaching the Power of Language

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By Kristy Trautmann The first day of school is an important milestone every year: new grade, new teachers, new peers, maybe a new school or going off to college. Regardless of age, it is normal for young people to try on the new maturity gained during summer break, experiment with new ways of behaving and to sometimes test the limits. It’s a particularly important time to be on the lookout for problematic behavior before it becomes ingrained. Research tells us that the peer environment is one of the strongest influences over a young person’s behavior. We also know that language is powerful in shaping attitudes, and …

Four reasons coaches should address dating violence

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By Dale Lolley Domestic violence. They are two words that elicit graphic images of bruises, broken bones and even deaths in our minds. Wouldn’t it be something if a future generation grew up without knowing what those words meant? As a veteran reporter who has spent the better part of three decades working in newspapers, television and radio, I’ve been in a lot of newsrooms. Anyone who has spent even a few hours in a newsroom knows the lifeblood is its police scanner. Not a day goes by that police aren’t being called out to handle some form of domestic violence. It’s one of the …