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It's Not OK

As we approach the month of November when the issue of prostrate cancer gets a recognition lift - we thought we'd use this as a reason to highlight another male issue that so often goes unnoticed

ThisWeekinFM came across this video when it was launched in May by Mankind, a group formed to highlight the issue of and help victims of domestic violence perpetrated by women on men. As we approach the month of November when the issue of prostrate cancer gets a recognition lift - we thought we'd use this as a reason to highlight another male issue that so often goes unnoticed. Take a look at our Spotlight on Depression - see if any of those symptoms might encourage you to ask both female and male staff 'is there is anything wrong?' 'And can we help?'

 

40%

In May, Mankind challenged the stereotypes of domestic abuse, claiming that 40% of domestic abuse victims in the UK are men. Last year alone, 720,000 men in the UK are believed to have experienced domestic abuse.

A Mankind spokesperson said: "That’s not a small number. Society’s perceptions of domestic violence - and gender stereotypes full stop - don’t help.

"Let’s think about Solange’s attack on Jay Z. Within minutes of the footage being released on TMZ, it became a source of entertainment on Twitter. #whatJayZsaidtoSolange trended worldwide for two days straight. And by the end of the week everyone from Keith Lemon to SNL had filmed aspoof. But what if the roles had been reversed? What if JayZ had attacked Solange? Would the world still be laughing?"

The ManKind Initiative took to the streets to do a 'candid camera' filming of people’s reactions to abuse. Watch it - it's enlightening.

Mark Brooks, Chair of the ManKind Initiative, said: "A sign of living in an equal society is where men suffering from domestic violence are recognised and supported in the same way that female victims rightly are. The fact that in 2014 this is not the case shows the change that is still needed especially as many men fear they won't be believed if they come forward."

ManKind’s mission is to directly and indirectly help others to support male victims of domestic violence.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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