Picture an End to Violence: Men Wanted

Picture to End Violence, Greg Black, Kingston, Ontario

Going on three years now, a group of committed Kingston educators, students, activists, artists and concerned citizens have come together to help put an end to men’s violence against women.  Members of the group include representatives from Kingston Interval House, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and students and staff from Queen’s as well as other members of the community.

Picture an End to Violence is a series of photographs taken by photographer, Greg Black, of men who support the endeavor to end violence against women.  Engaging men in the effort has been a very effective way to not only show survivors of violence the support of the men around them but also to spark conversation within the community.  In addition to this, the photographs are beautiful.  Past subjects have included Queen’s professors, artists in the community, public figures, children and some women as well.

This year’s set of photographs will be displayed during International Women’s Week (March 5th-13th).  The public is invited to a gallery event at Zappas Lounge on Tuesday, March 8th for the first unveiling and from there, the photographs will become part of a traveling exhibit, displayed at various events throughout the week.

“Images of real people make a powerful statement,” says Jamie Sifton, Acting Coordinator of the project.  “We want to challenge the common stereotype of male identity as being defined by aggression and dominance.”

So this is where you come in, guys.  Men are needed for this year’s photos.  Interested, self-identified men are asked to register for a twenty-minute photo session with Greg Black.  Greg will be set up to take your picture on January 20th at The Queen’s Centre (corner of Division and Earl) in room 505 from noon-8pm and again at The Artel (205 Sydenham St.) on January 21st from noon-8pm and the 22nd from 1pm-4pm.

By having their portrait taken, Kingston’s men are demonstrating their commitment to ending men’s violence against women.  Participants will be asked to comment on how they are committed to ending violence against women in our community and their quotes will be placed alongside their portraits.

So, come on men of the Kingstonist community!  I know you’re out there, please sign up and help keep this conversation going.  Be sure to keep an eye on our events calendar for concerts and various exhibits and workshops as International Women’s Week approaches.

Today’s photos are samples of Greg Black’s work from past PAETV exhibits.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

5 thoughts on “Picture an End to Violence: Men Wanted

  • I would like to see something that ends violence against all people. No offense. All what i hear is violence against women and children. Why are men excluded? Truth is there are men that do get beaten by thier wife / girlfriend. As for making a commitment, I know that it is wrong so i just do not do it. It may sound simplistic but it has not failed me yet

    • No one's stopping you from starting a campaign for violence against men or violence in general. Go for it!

  • Half of Canadian women (51%) have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.
    1. Every minute of every day, a Canadian woman or child is being sexually assaulted.
    2. One to two women are murdered by a current or former partner each week in Canada.
    3. Spousal violence makes up the single largest category of convictions involving violent offences in non-specialized adult courts in Canada over the five-year period 1997/98 to 2001/02. Over 90% of offenders were male.
    4. Women are more likely than men to be victims of the most severe forms of violence
    ***Stats Can

  • Your "Stats" are incorrect (saying Stats Can doesn't make it legit… Post a source)

    In three of the five domains – Physical violence, Psychological aggression, and Control of reproductive and sexual health – men are more likely to be the victim.

    Sexual violence and Stalking – are the two domains where women are more likely to be victimized.

    Consistent with the NISVS Physical violence results, other studies have found that women are more prone to be violent to their partners and 35% of the men sustained severe physical injuries as a result of the violence.

    One meta-analysis concluded, “Women were more likely than men to use one or more act of physical aggression and to use such acts more frequently.”
    Nearly 250 scholarly studies show women are as likely as men to engage in partner aggression and that partner violence is often mutual.
    These findings are consistent with hundreds of scholarly studies that have analyzed the nature, extent, and causes of domestic violence.

    Research demonstrates the following:
    • In about half of all cases, partner aggression is mutual.
    • Female initiation of partner aggression is the leading reason for the woman becoming a victim of subsequent violence.
    • Self-defense accounts for only 10-20% of female partner aggression.
    • About 38% of persons who suffer an injury from partner aggression are male.
    • 86% of the victims of female sexual predators aren't believed, so the crimes go unreported and don't get prosecuted.

    So in response to your post @Team Graham
    Approximately equal numbers of men and women experience domestic violence during their lifetimes.
    The reported number of victims varies depending on how aggression is defined.

    your 1st point… Your every minute reference can be debunked in Gelles RJ. The politics of research: The use, abuse, and misuse of social science data—The cases of intimate partner violence. Family Court Review Vol. 45, No. 1, 2007. Again your information is misinformed and misleading.
    Also, children are also more likely to be abused by a female caretaker than a male.
    Data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that 71% of children killed by a parent were killed by their mothers. s6

    Point 2. A woman’s initiation of violence is the strongest predictor of her subsequently becoming a victim of
    intimate partner aggression. (IE. male self-defense against aggressive female partner.). s4

    Point 3. Your statistic understates and distorts the true incidence of domestic violence, since victimized men are less likely to view partner aggression as a “crime.” So "90%" is inaccurate and misleading. s5

    Point 4. Men are actually more likely to be the victims of more severe forms of violence.

    s1 • http://www.canadiancrc.com/Female_Sex_Offenders_F
    s2 • http://www.mediaradar.org (Report Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting)
    s3 • http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm
    s4 • Stith S, Smith DB, Penn CE, et al. Intimate partner physical abuse perpetation and
    victimization risk factors: A meta-analytic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior Vol. 10,
    2004. pp. 65-98.
    s5 • http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/CTS21.pdf
    s6 • http://www.breakingthescience.org/SimplifiedDataF

  • Men are victimized as much if not more. I see zero effort in this town to educate about that at all. Including from the kingstonist. This isn’t the 1st time I have mentioned this. Pretty disgusting.

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