How Can I Help?
(5-10 hours/week for minimum of 6 weeks)
Boston-based writer, advocate and sexual assault survivor, Sarah Beaulieu, is seeking a set of volunteers to help make conversations about sexual violence less uncomfortable, especially for men. Following her TEDxBeaconStreet talk on the Truth About Men and Sexual Violence, Sarah is launching a project to engage 100,000 men in conversations about sexual violence.
This project embodies the following mindset:
- Tell the truth about sexual violence. Men and women are both survivors. Men and women are both perpetrators.
- Get uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable is a skill. The more you do it, the better you get.
- Drop the blame game. Blame makes us focus on the cause of the problem, not our role in the solution.
- Be practical. Practical questions don’t deserve judgment, they deserve answers.
- Believe in healing. Survivors are not defined by the moment of abuse or assault, especially when we stand in solidarity with the men and women who love us.
If this sounds up your alley and you can commit 5-10 hours/week for a minimum of 6 weeks to any of the activities listed below, please email Sarah directly with your resume/LinkedIn, which areas projects are of interest to you, and a quick email describing why you want to help. These positions are unpaid, but volunteers will be compensated with wine, snacks, a great reference for a job well done and Sarah’s undying gratitude and loyalty.
A willingness to commit 5-10 hours/week for at least 6 weeks is required. Ability to meet periodically at Sarah’s home in Roslindale a plus.
- Research and conduct outreach to high schools, boarding schools, and colleges and universities who may host a conversation with male students
- Research and conduct outreach to conferences and other platforms where conversation about sexual violence may be timely and appropriate
Design and Content Development
- Develop pitch and partnership materials for new audiences
- Develop presentation materials for new audiences
- Design simple graphics to share on social media
- Edit video content for educational YouTube channel
Traditional and Social Media Engagement
- Develop media list of reporters who write about sexual violence
- Pitch media on background and stories related to mission of organization
- Develop source list to provide media on male allies, male survivors and other constituencies not currently represented in media stories
- Monitor social media for conversations and voices relevant to mission
- Outreach to influencers and organizations to participate in 100,000 conversations project
Interviews and Research
- Using guide, conduct interviews of men of all backgrounds to inform book about men’s views of sexual violence