Stand Up Men is a community of men in the San Juan Islands who care deeply about the issues at hand and are willing to stand up against domestic violence and sexual assault. The Stand Up Men operate independently of SAFE San Juans, raising awareness and raising funds for the agency to help its staff provide school and community prevention education. Though we share common interests, the Stand Up Men do not operate under SAFE San Juans guidance, supervision or instruction. When they conduct their vigils or ask people to donate to SAFE, they do so as concerned citizens operating entirely on their own.
Statistics show that school prevention can dramatically reduce the chances students will perpetrate or stand by when witnessing domestic violence or sexual assault. Though SAFE San Juans receives federal and state funding, the agency is only allowed to use a small portion of that funding for its prevention work. This leaves a large deficit that needs community financial support if SAFE San Juans is to offer its free prevention education to island schools and communities."
SAFE uses funds raised by the Stand Up Men to:
- Dramatically increase education programs in county school districts
- Educate and collaborate with community professionals to identify and respond to abuse
- Provide multiple community awareness and prevention educational programs for adults
Here is how you can help:
Donate to this effort and stand with Stand Up Men to raise the necessary funds so that islanders can learn how to live free from abuse. Together we can provide all islanders with education that promotes healthy relationships and a stronger more resilient population focused on enjoying a better quality of life in the San Juans.
The Stand Up Men invite you to stand with them to support SAFE San Juans' prevention education programs in our county schools and communities.
History of the Stand Up Men
Stand Up Men is a grassroots movement for men by men and a core group visible in Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island community. These men stand up to show that they care about their community and everyone in it. They stand at the courthouse every Friday afternoon (rain, shine, or snow!), meet every month, and work together to raise money for SAFE San Juans through visibility at the county fair, farmers market, Fourth of July parade and SAFE San Juans fundraisers.