Calling all men to action
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Contributor: Shannon Lee Wyman Kenevan, Voices of Men Community Engagement Leader
Brenda Tracy, a nurse, mother, activist, and survivor of gang rape will be a featured presenter at this year’s Voices of Men Call to Action breakfast.
In 1998, Brenda reported to police that she was brutally raped by four men, two of whom played football at Oregon State University. In 2014, she found the courage to come forward with her story. Brenda now seeks to make the world a better place for survivors. Brenda’s advocacy work includes serving on the NCAA Commission to Combat Sexual Violence, being a guest commentator on CNN and ESPN, founding the national campaign #SetTheExpectation, and traveling the country speaking.
This year's Voices of Men Call to Action breakfast will be held on Tuesday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 9:25 a.m., with an optional keynote speaker Q&A from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. In addition to hearing from Brenda Tracy, slam poet/activist Guante from Minneapolis will be a featured presenter. The Call to Action breakfast is open to people of all genders, although men and high school-age boys are specifically encouraged to attend and typically make up 75-85% of the audience. Register to attend the breakfast. If you would like to attend, please register soon; this event typically sells out early.
Voices of Men is also excited to announce, Brenda will be spending the entire week after the breakfast event in the Fox Valley – marking the first time she has shared her message to this extent in one community.
Brenda will present on four college campuses (Fox Valley Technical College, Lawrence University, UW-Fox Valley, and UW-Oshkosh), as well as at Appleton West High School and Neenah High School. A number of these events are open to the public; details will be available soon on the Voices of Men website and Facebook page. Brenda’s lecture tour through the Fox Valley is funded by ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT) and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.
Voices of Men is a program of Goodwill NCW and was founded by, and works in close partnership with, the Fox Valley’s four sexual assault and domestic violence agencies: Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Harbor House, Reach, and Sexual Assault Crisis Center. The week-long, widespread advocacy work in our community will be an exciting addition to Voices of Men’s 10 years of outreach to get men and boys educated and engaged in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and change the way our community raises our boys. Together we can dismantle Man Box culture and build a culture of Healthy Manhood!
United Way Fox Cities has been involved in Voices of Men since its inception and has helped to sponsor all eight Call to Action breakfasts.