Because:

I believe that rape will not end until men become part of the solution;
I take pride in myself as a man;
I care about the women in my life;
I am angry that people I know have been hurt;
I know that a woman is raped every three minutes in this country;
I understand that rape is a crime of violence against women's bodies, women's emotional well-being and women's right to do with thei bodies as they choose;
I recognize that men and women will not be equal until rape ends;
I know that happiness between men and women is difficult in a wolrd where rape exists;
I accept my responsibility to assist in making this a safer world,

I pledge to


Speak out my anger about rape;
Talk with other men about ending rape;
Look at how men are raised that helps create a culture where rape is possible;
Interrupt rape jokes;
Support laws that encourage men to take responsibility for ending rape;
Listen to women friends' fears and concerns for their safety;
Pay attention to cries for help;
Challenge images of violence against women in advertising and pornography;
Encourage women to be strong and powerful;
Recognize that cooperation is power;
Change whatever I am doing that helps create a culture where rape is possible;
Support women and men working to end rape.


Thanks to the California Anti-Sexist Men's Political Caucus for the original version of this statement.

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