After 37 Years of Work, Do We Believe Men Can Change?

The Actions and Impact of One Man

Men Stopping Violence’s Mission is to engage men and communities to take action to end violence against women. How do we enact this mission? One man’s story provides a powerful example.

Chuck Lotts, a 73-year-old veteran and retired Georgia Power technician, completed MSV’s 24-week men's class in 2004. What Chuck learned about himself kept him driving down from the mountains of Clarkesville to Atlanta for the past fifteen years to stay connected with Men Stopping Violence.

Today, advocates across Georgia recognize Chuck as a regular at Stop Violence against Women Day at the Capitol where men affiliated with MSV stand with women to support safer communities.

One Breakfast will Impact Many Men

Chuck also serves on a Mountain Judicial Circuit Family Violence Task Force committee charged with educating faith leaders about violence against women. On September 26, 2019, Chuck took action as the Task Force hosted a Men Stopping Violence Breakfast – A Call to Faith Leaders – at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Habersham County. Forty people attended the event, including 20 faith leaders. After the breakfast, faith leaders signed up to sponsor breakfasts in Stephens, Rabun, and White Counties next year.

“Chuck was instrumental in helping our committee connect with Men Stopping Violence, working together to create the MSV Breakfast for our faith community,” said Task Force Chair and Circle of Hope advocate Jo Descher. “We believe this event was a huge success, and it is only the beginning.”

Our Work will Grow One Voice at a Time. Will You Join Us?

We are often asked at MSV, “Can men change?” That’s an important question, but at Men Stopping Violence we believe a more important question is, “Will men take action alongside women to create safer communities for all women and girls?” Chuck's voice, heard through his actions and impacts, provides a strong resounding answer to both questions: Yes, we can!

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