Mary Stathopoulos

The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault has published its paper "Engaging men in sexual assault prevention". Key messages • The next step in sexual assault prevention is to engage men - both as facilitators and as participants in prevention. • If men are to be engaged in the prevention of sexual assault there must be a shared understanding of the fact that men have a positive role to play. • A consideration of how to engage men in prevention efforts must take into account the ways in which some men may resist prevention messages - whether that resistance stems from discomfort, rejection of ideas, or from other sources. • There is a tension when masculine gender stereotypes are used as a tool for engaging men in prevention while evidence suggests that these same stereotypes can contribute as underlying factors in the perpetration of sexual assault and violence against women.