Men CARE is as a campuswide program to end sexual violence in the USC community through education, cultural change and leadership development. The centerpiece of Men CARE is peer education for guys, by guys, through small-group discussions. Begun in August 2005 as Men Creating Attitudes for Rape-free Environments, Men CARE today is dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence, including rape and stalking. The program is driven by male students from every aspect of our campus community: fraternities, athletics, residential advising and cultural organizations, among others. They share the common goal of fostering healthy ideas of masculinity and ending sexual violence by engaging their peers as allies.
These peer educators undergo extensive training that includes discussions with some of USC’s premier faculty members and private, on-site tours of nonprofit partners. Past speakers have included Jody Armour, a professor at the USC Gould School of Law, and John Hill, chief of staff for Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and former director of Santa Clara County’s Equal Opportunity Division.
Men CARE strives for true prevention: stopping assaults before they start. Workshops focus on engaging bystanders, who represent the vast majority, guys who may be in the vicinity of where something questionable is occurring. Through its workshops, Men CARE teaches college men skills for recognizing these situations and intervening effectively in them while reinforcing healthy social norms. To nurture their personal development, peer educators receive faculty or staff mentors. The mentors also serve as an advisory board to the program director, Todd Henneman.
Through a partnership with the USC Rossier School of Education, a team of researchers lead by Melora Sundt and Todd Henneman has tracked the results of Men CARE. Pre- and post-test data collected across a number of years indicate the effectiveness of the Men CARE method.
For information, please contact Todd Henneman, program director, at 213-740-5723.