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Beyond #MeToo: Teaching Boys About Consent

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Student Danny Marzo (L) and Petaluma Junior High School Athletic Director Zachary Dee. (Julia Scott/KQED)

The California Report’s new series Beyond #MeToo: Abuse and Power Through a California Lens tackles many of the questions that have arisen in the wake of the #MeToo movement, and investigates how they play out in our lives, past the headlines.

Coaching Boys Into Men

When is the right time to start teaching young boys about consent, boundaries and respect toward women?

A nationwide program called Coaching Boys Into Men trains school coaches to work with boys as young as 11, who are on their school's athletic teams. Boys trust their coaches, and the conversations that ensue are designed to plant seeds that will help prevent abuse -- and give young men the tools to speak up when they see something that's not right.

Student athletes are often the leaders at their schools, and they can set the tone for the other students.

At Petaluma Junior High School, former student Danny Marzo and Athletic Director Zach Dee told us about how the program has led to changes on a personal level in the school culture overall.

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Beyond #MeToo: Teaching Boys About Consent

Beyond #MeToo: Teaching Boys About Consent

Have you ever confronted someone who harassed you? Did you forgive them? How did you move past it, or is that even possible?

Call us with your stories, and we’ll play some of them on The California Report: 415-553-2204. You can also email us with your contact information, and we’ll give you a call back: calreport@kqed.org.

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