#ManUPstate Campaign

September 3, 2014

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“Statistics show that only about 15% of men are abusive or violent towards women. And yet, 1 in 3 women will be victims of abuse during her lifetime. How can we, as the 85% of good, well-meaning men, allow this to happen in our presence?”  – Tony Porter, co-director of A CALL TO MEN

Visit www.manupstate.org – take the pledge and share it!

A group of nonprofit organizations and community members in the Upstate of SC are responding to this call by creating an awareness and educational movement for the Upstate of South Carolina called ManUpstate.

ManUpstate is an Upstate initiative that urges men to engage in addressing the issue of violence against women. Using a play on words with the popular phrase: “Man Up!”, ManUpstate hopes to challenge unhealthy attitudes and social norms among men and boys that tend to create unhealthy understandings of masculinity which often lead to an acceptance of violence, abuse and discrimination towards women and girls.

The ManUpstate pledge is simple: “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children. I pledge to learn about how I can help to end violence and discrimination against women and children and to work towards creating a community where all people are valued and safe.”

Led by Safe Harbor, Julie Valentine Center, Compass of Carolina, Greenville County First Steps, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, Phoenix Center and Foothills Alliance, ManUpstate will launch in October 2014 with a video and online pledge campaign, urging men to take a stand on this issue. The purpose of the campaign is to begin a discussion of how men can play a role in working to prevent and end violence against women, why men should care about this issue and encouraging men to sign a simple pledge supporting ending violence against women in the Upstate.

In addition to the pledge campaign, ManUpstate plans to hold other future events and initiatives to engage men on this important subject. All men are encouraged to sign the pledge and participate, especially community leaders, teachers, youth leaders, coaches, faith leaders, fathers and other men who can help to prevent violence against women through promoting respect and healthy behaviors with their sons, grandsons, students, colleagues, neighbors, family and friends.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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