Statistically, men are the greatest perpetrators of violence, regardless of the victim or survivor’s gender. This is supported by statistics from Statistics Canada that reported in 2016, 75% of homicide victims and 86% of homicide accused were male. These findings have remained relatively stable over the past 11 years for homicide victims and since the beginning of collection in 1961 for homicide accused. In addition, “data from the United States for the period 1980 to 2008, for example, shows that men were responsible for 90% of the murders committed during that period. Like Canada, men are also the major victims of violent crime at 77%.
SAVIS’s Male Ally Network (M.A.N) recognizes that the responsibility for stopping sexual violence, intimate partner violence, assault, street harassment and homicide lie not with the survivors and victims, but on the perpetrators. While most perpetrators of violence are men, most men are not perpetrators of violence. To this end, M.A.N. seeks to engage men and boys to utilize their privilege as males to engage other men and boys in the conversation around consent, privilege, and healthy masculinity.