Prevent Violence Against Women #TeachEarly


Of the men surveyed in the Ad Council Domestic Violence Prevention Continuous Tracking Study, 89 percent agreed that it’s important for men to talk to boys about violence against women and girls, while only 37 percent reported speaking to a boy they know about violence against women in the past six months. 

The national public service campaign, #TeachEarly, from the Ad Council and Futures Without Violence, encourages men to recognize this dissonance between their beliefs and actions, and teach boys to respect women with the same enthusiasm and dedication in which they teach them other things.

An estimated one in four women in the United States will experience violence by a partner in her lifetime,

Perceptions about women and girls are often shaped at a young age, and we know that prevention is key. Fathers and male mentors—from sports coaches and teachers to uncles and brothers—have the opportunity to reach out to these young people and reinforce the message that violence against women is never acceptable.
— Futures Without Violence Founder and President Esta Soler

The campaign is coinciding with Father's Day to encourage fathers, uncles and male mentors to talk to boys about what a healthy relationship is and how to respect their peers, particularly girls and women. 

The issue of domestic violence is increasingly a part of the national conversation. We want to transform the negative news stories into something more productive and powerful. By providing fathers and mentors with tips and tools on how talk to their sons and other boys about healthy relationships, we strive to change the way that young men think about how to treat women. Men play an invaluable role and this campaign will empower them to be advocates for change.
— Ad Council President and CEO Lisa Sherman

It is time to end gender based violence and teach our boys how to respect the females in their lives! Help encourage the men in your life to start a dialogue with the boys in your life by showing them The #TeachEarly Playbook.

There are a lot of things you can teach kids early on. Make one of them be about healthy, non-violent relationships. Celebrate the different moments you share with the boys in your life by posting your own photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag it with the #TeachEarly hashtag.

The campaign has been funded through grants provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Shield California Foundation and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention. The Ad Council Domestic Violence Prevention Continuous Tracking Study was based on a non-probability based online panel sample of men aged 18 and older, who had a personal or professional relationship with boys aged 5 to 17. Results of the study can be viewed here.

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The Ad Council
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Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence is a national nonprofit organization leading groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates–such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influences–on improving responses to violence and abuse.

RSA Films
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Blue Shield California Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the State's largest and most trusted grant making organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. For more information visit:

The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention
The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention is a private operating institute committed to breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, schools, and communities on the local and national level. The Waitt Foundation has supported violence prevention efforts since 1993. To streamline our efforts, WIVP was founded in 2005, by Ted Waitt. Through this work, we change social norms that accept violence as a part of life.

This NOT a sponsored post and I have not been compensated in any form for sharing this information. I believe in this campaign and how you will too! Please share, use the hashtag #TeachEarly and help protect our girls in the future.