Real Strength is Chrysalis’ primary prevention program, it was first launched as an engaging men’s program which challenged men and boys to end violence before it starts. Real Strength now has expanded to educating our youth and is accomplished with community partners and outreach efforts. It still stands as an opportunity for men and boys to help end violence against women and has programs geared for boys and men.
Real Strength acknowledges that for too long women have carried the burden of preventing their own sexual assaults and preventing their own domestic violence abuse. Real Strength changes the conversation and shifts the paradigm by creating leaders and mentors that can help change the culture of violence against women.
Real Strength is a call to action which has been built on the pillars of nonviolence, being an active bystander, promoting healthy relationships through ideas of healthy masculinity and men working with women as allies who help build strong families and healthy communities.
Real Strengths Four Pillars:
- Commitment to Non-Violence: Real Strength believes that violence is never a solution. We want our youth to commit to non-violence and seek positive alternatives for conflict resolution. “Real Strength” will empower our youth with the skill set to navigate confidently through disagreements and confrontations.
- Active Bystander Intervention: In certain situations neutrality may be beneficial; however there are some situations where leaders must be active. Real Strength encourages active bystanders who observe conflict or unacceptable behavior to take steps that can make a difference.
- Healthy Relationships: Real Strength aims to encourage relationships based on the principles of respect, trust and resilience. So often, it’s easier to buy into unhealthy images of what it means to be a man or accept our gender roles. One key example is masculinity; we define Healthy Masculinity as the ability to recognize those aspects of masculinity that are harmful to the self and/or others and replace harmful and violent masculine attitudes and behaviors with compassionate ones that benefit men and others.
- Being an Ally: Real Strength acknowledges the importance of men/boys partnering with women to promote gender equality. Violence against women is not solely a woman’s issue to eradicate. Men and boys who are leaders must be able to develop relationships across gender lines and be champions to the causes that benefit women.
Real Strength will partner with our community to offer a diverse groups and programming with the purpose of educating our youth on important topics such as healthy relationships, gender roles, bullying, leadership and how to be an ally. Real Strength will use of life’s teachable moments, coupled with mentors, allies and other leaders; It will promote, notice and commend good behavior to create the change needed in this community. There is no better time than now to be a mentor and no better time to show Real Strength.
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