A Very Important Message From The Executive Director

January 11, 2018

Dear Men Stopping Violence (MSV) supporter,

As our board and staff prepare for another year of engaging men to prevent violence against women and girls, one of the most important actions we can take is to say Thank You. You make the work we do possible.

Some of the work you have supported was highlighted at our 35 Years of Making a Difference Celebration at the Trolley Barn in Atlanta last year, and included several speakers attesting to MSV’s leadership and impact on families, institutions, communities, and their own lives.

The closing speaker, Lynn Rosenthal, former advisor to President Obama on Violence Against Women and current Policy Director for Vice President Biden Foundation’s Violence Against Women’s Initiatives, said of MSV:

You brought men together under the guidance of women to talk about the ways they view and behave towards women. You did the work in a way that it had never been quite done before. Over the years, you’ve maintained your integrity and analysis. You’ve never faltered even when others have. You never shy away from tough words like patriarchy. You’re not fancy. You don’t chase after celebrity spokespeople. You continue day after day to do solid work that has already changed the world. Your leadership is needed today more than ever.”

We are poised to continue providing this kind of leadership in the violence prevention movement.  Toward that end, we are making a leadership transition that will strengthen both our program efficacy and administrative infrastructure. Specifically, per my request, I will be returning to program oversight and training roles exclusively. The Board of Directors will be conducting a national search for a new executive director starting this week. The projected start date for this transition is May 1, 2018.  I am excited about this change and look forward to working with our new director as we navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities ahead.

Male sexual violence against women is now prominently discussed in the news and beyond, thanks in part to social media campaigns like #MeToo and #WeKnowWhatYouDid. This movement of women has reached men who are seeking ways to be allies.  Already we have been approached by institutions, both local and national, who want to explore building partnerships with us. We will keep you posted as we expand our work in this area.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you have done to support our mission.

Sincerely,

 

Ulester V. Douglas

Executive Director