FATTA MAN: “Det Börjar Med Mig”

Statistics from BRÅ (http://www.bra.se/bra/brott-och-statistik/valdtakt-och-sexualbrott.html) show that 20 300 sex crimes were reported to the police in Sweden during 2014.  98% of sex crimes are committed by men and this has prompted a group of men to react, starting a project aimed at spurring change.  FATTA MAN (http://fatta.nu/fatta-man/om-fatta-man/) has two aims:

  1. The formation of a legislation based on consent
  2. More resources for the promotion and prevention of sexual violence.

FATTA is turning to men and boys to initiate change, making a move away from the hegemonic masculinity with its obsession with power and control that represents the culturally idealized form of “manhood”.  Men are realising that they too have a part to play from the preschool to the workplace in teaching boys about consent, the power of “No”, and the road to the creation of a society where everyone, regardless of sex, can navigate the world without fear of sexual assault.  As the title of the following song by FATTA MAN says, “It Starts With Me”.

 

 

Featured image: A sign from the Men Against Violence Against Women (MAVAW) project at the Live and Learn Offices. Photo taken by Irene Scott for AusAID. (13/2529), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode