As the executive director of Men Can Stop Rape, Stephen Glaude is leading men to stand up for women. Gayle talks with Stephen about his work at V to the Tenth, an event marking the 10-year anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women.
Stephen says his goal is to mobilize young men to find and use their strength to create a culture free from violence against women. "I think that if many men knew [by sexually assaulting a woman] they were changing a life forever, … I think many men would make better choices," Stephen says. "But, they need men reaching to them and saying these things to them because I don't think a woman can give that message in the same way a man can."
Stephen says he wants to do more than just prevent future rapes—he especially wants to reach out to boys in middle and high schools and teach them how to respect and stand up for women in general. "When you stand by and watch someone else demean or dehumanize a woman—even though you may not be doing it—you are every bit part of the problem," he says. "In fact, you are the worst part of the problem because you are the silent condoner."
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, March 15, 2014