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Last week I had the honour to attend a ManUp meeting in Ottawa to discuss the role young men play in ending violence against women. Rehtaeh’s life mattered to these guys enough that they’ve taken it upon themselves to do something about her tragic story and do what they can do so it doesn’t happen to someone else.

When I look back at the past five and a half years, this is by far the most important and inspiring thing that’s happened. Guys in high school taking a lead role in ending violence against women and sexual assault and committing to being better.

Imagine if every school had a team of guys using their voices and strengths to make their schools and communities safer. This is the change we need to see in Canada!

They have a cool web site – Minds On Men – and some of their photos and posters are on Instagram.

VICE published an article on the great work they’re doing – Meet the 17-Year-Old Boy Calling Out His Classmates for Objectifying Women.

“We are a group of student leaders who are working towards social change in regards to the treatment of women in our community. We are not asking anyone to be perfect, but expecting everyone to be better.”

If you find yourself in a bad place please reach out to a safe person. If you know someone who could use a listener, let them know you’re there.

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