8 August, 2022

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is a leadership program that motivates student-athletes and student leaders to play a central role in solving problems that historically have been considered “women’s issues”: rape, battering, and sexual harassment.Until recently, few campus or community-based programs have encouraged young men to work actively on these issues. The mixed gender, racially diverse MVP Program, composed of former professional and college athletes, motivates men and women to work together in preventing gender violence.

Program Goals
The four main goals of the MVP Program are to:

  • Raise Awareness of participants about the level of men’s verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of women.
  • Challenge Thinking by countering mainstream messages about gender, sex and violence.
  • Open Dialogue by creating a safe environment for men and women to share their opinions and experiences.
  • Inspire Leadership by empowering participants with concrete opinions to effect change in their respective communities.

The Bystander Approach to Prevention
Utilizing a unique bystander approach to prevention, the MVP Program views student-athletes and student leaders not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers. This emphasis reduces the defensiveness men often feel and the helplessness women often feel when discussing issues of men’s violence against women. Participants in MVP sessions learn to serve as role models working to prevent this violence.
The MVP approach does not involve finger pointing, nor does it blame participants for the widespread problem of gender violence. Instead, it sounds a positive call for proactive, preventive behavior and leadership.

MVP Institute
The MVP Institute for Gender Violence Prevention and Education provides certification in gender violence prevention and education. Male and female student affairs staff and athletic personnel are encouraged to attend. Check back soon for future dates.

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