Over the past few months, I’ve been working diligently to bring about awareness and change regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. This is an epidemic that continues to plaque our community, and I have made it my personal and professional mission to be a voice for the voiceless. We don’t get to the same place of transition at the same time.  It is essential that those who can and are ready to speak, use our time and talents in whatever way we can to not let this mission lose momentum.

Earlier this month, WIANL hosted its 2nd Annual Men’s Bunch. We want to bring more attention to domestic violence, sexual assault and injustice from a male perspective. In order to have positive male role models and leaders, we must take the idea of training them a great deal more seriously. Like women, men must be taught and given respect, appropriate tools & resources and overall guidance on how to maintain healthy relationships from the inside out and share these techniques with their children, friends, family, co workers, religious base, etc…

It’s not good enough for us to just get together and talk about what needs to be done. We must start with a conversation, but it cannot end there. It is my desire to move this issue from conversation to change. In the weeks ahead, be on the lookout for “Men Against Domestic Violence” to take on a life of its own. It will serve as an extension of sorts to WIANL’s efforts to educate and change.