TAASA Unveils 2014 Sexual Assault Awarness and Prevention Month Toolkit

FIRST-CLASS-MALE-STAMPWith Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) around the corner, we are excited to unveil TAASA’s 2014 SAAPM theme.

This year’s SAAPM toolkit focuses on the engagement of males in the prevention and awareness of sexual assault. The theme “First Class Male: Cultivating Change through Male Involvement” is two-fold. First, it represents the involvement of males in creating awareness about the most common form of sexual assault and in challenging rape culture (where rape is an accepted & expected norm). Second, it symbolizes the unity of well-intentioned males in their commitment to the health and safety of the community.

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Building a New Kind of LEGO City

lego-300x162LEGOs can be found everywhere in my house right now as they are the new obsession of my 4-year old son, Joaquin. Half-built sets are strewn upon our dining room table, completed masterpieces sit proudly atop his toy chest, and a few single bricks inevitably find their way beneath my feet as I step on them in the dark. Ouch!

With each LEGO creation that Joaquin builds, destroys, and rebuilds, learning is taking place. He is understanding how to follow directions precisely to complete a task, but at the other end of the spectrum, his creativity is being allowed to blossom. As … Full Article

Give the Gift of Healthy Masculinity

Like many, I love the holiday season. It’s a great time of year to visit with loved ones, get some much needed rest, and give (and receive) gifts. As you begin to think about what gifts you plan on exchanging with your friends, family members, loved-ones, classmates and co-workers, I thought I would share some gift suggestions for the men in your life.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so books are always at the top of my list of gifts to give and receive. Three new books I would recommend are Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood by Jackson Katz, Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood by Carlos … Full Article

Hope for a Sexual Assault Free Culture

3184655629_47f46ffc21_oAs a sociology graduate student and an intern with the prevention team at TAASA, I am not unaccustomed to the influence culture, values, and gender norms have on individual behavior. For many, however, gender is “natural” in the sense that men and women are born behaving the way they do. Particularly, many believe that men are sexually predatory by nature and “boys will be boys.” Because of this acceptance, it may be hard for many to actually believe that a sexual assault-free culture is possible. Sexual assault is a common occurrence all over the world. However, we know that a … Full Article