DV/IPV Sexual Assault

Men in the Movement

The Oregon Men Against Violence Initiative is hosting a webinar, Men in the Movement: Risk, Rewards and Complexities. The webinar will be held February 2nd from 11-12:30 PT. It’s a great opportunity to have a conversation about men’s roles in preventing and responding to violence against women. Patrick Lemmon (disclosure: I’m a big fan) and Ben Atherton Zeman will be the featured speakers. You can register for the session here.

From the site:

This webinar, featuring Patrick Lemmon and Ben Atherton-Zeman, will discuss some of the risks, rewards, and complexities of getting men involved in the movement to respond to and end gendered violence.

Patrick J. Lemmon has twenty years of experience in helping organize communities, and particularly men in communities, to speak out for ending men’s violence against women.  He recently moved to Portland from Washington, DC, where he was co-founder and Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape and a member of the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center.  Honors include the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Gloria Award and American University’s Capital Area Peacemaker Award.  He thrives on helping committed groups of people find the path to creating the communities they want to live in.

Ben Atherton Zeman has performed, “Voices of Men” and given presentations in 43 states, Canada, China and the Czech Republic.  For the past seventeen years, Ben has worked as a prevention educator for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, and state coalitions.  The right-wing, so-called “Father’s Rights” group Fathers for Life accuses Ben of “spouting all the absurdities of radical feminist propaganda,” which he freely admits, and accuses him of being “backed by powerful antifamily business and political profiteers…lawyers and politicians’ bank accounts…” which he wishes were true.  Ben met and fell in love with his incredible wife, Lucinda, seven years ago while they were both doing improvisational comedy in Maine.  They live in Maynard, MA and have no children except themselves.

Together they offer a range and depth of experiences working to engage men in the movement to end gendered violence and we look forward to offering them the opportunity to shares those experiences and their expertise with you!