Deborah Rosenbloom, JWI's VP of programs and new initiatives, and Dana Fleitman, our senior manager of prevention & training programs, spoke at the 2016 End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Engaging Men and Boys. The session was "Answering Challenging Questions" and close to 150 attendees came to the session.
From conservative religious leaders to fraternity brothers, challenging questions often arise when discussing intimate partner violence in male-dominated spaces. Responding to questions without alienating men and with accuracy, comfort, nuance and sensitivity takes skill. Informed by Jewish Women International’s work promoting healthy masculinity with the Orthodox Jewish community and sexual assault prevention with campus fraternities, this workshop provides a structured space to delve into these difficult barriers to engaging men by drawing on the wealth of knowledge in the room.