Mapping Prevention: Engaging Fathers

Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad.  ~Author Unknown

I usually shy away from using cheesy quotes.  But for some reason, this quote has always stuck with me.  I probably have Hallmark to thank for that. 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a lovely, sunny Father’s Day with my dad.  My dad is, and always has been, an important person in my life.  He taught me so many things about the value of family and faith.  I remember how patient he was when teaching me how to drive a car, and even more patient and understanding when I had to call and explain to him that I had just smashed said car into another car.  Many important life lessons were (and still are) taught to me by my dad.

As we think about the importance of engaging men in the work to end sexual violence, it’s important to remember a key group of men – fathers.  One program that is working to engage fathers is Jane Doe, Inc. in Massachusetts.  I had the opportunity to speak with Craig Norberg-Bohm, Coordinator of the Men’s Initiative, for our fifth installment of the Mapping Prevention video podcast series.  In this video, Craig talks about the responsible fatherhood program and why engaging men, and fathers in particular, is integral to ending sexual violence.