04/22/2014 03:42 pm ET Updated Jun 21, 2014

Traditional Masculinity: How It Can Hurt Everybody

Earlier in the month of April, the National Latin@ Network (NLN) -- the national institute on gender-based violence in the Latin@ community and a project of Casa de Esperanza -- released the national Te Invito Campaign, an effort to engage Latino men and boys in the fight to eradicate violence against women. The campaign includes public service announcements that any organization can customize for local purposes as well as a toolkit that helps men and boys explore questions of gender-based violence. In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, these tools can be particularly helpful. Below, Juan Carlos Areán, National Director of the NLN, discusses traditional masculinity, traditional concepts of what men "can/should" and "cannot/should not" do. Are men taught to hurt others and themselves? And how can male socialization play a role in gender-based violence?

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