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The Good Men Project at Castle Towers
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Dec 10, 2020

In August and September 2019, Castle Towers partnered with local community group, Hills Community Aid, to launch the Good Men Project at the Centre, with the aim of giving young men in the community the opportunity to have a decisive voice in the conversation about domestic violence.

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In August and September 2019, Castle Towers partnered with local community group, Hills Community Aid, to launch the Good Men Project at the Centre, with the aim of giving young men in the community the opportunity to have a decisive voice in the conversation about domestic violence.

Castle Towers supported the Good Men Project by creating a hoarding installation in-Centre to showcase the photographs and quotes, and shared the Project on the Centre’s digital channels.

Some of the participants included:

Allan, 71 years of age

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“Respect means being able to understand where people are at their particular point. It doesn’t necessarily always mean agreeing with them.

"Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you...we’re all equal, it’s just that we do things differently.

"I treat [people] with courtesy. I don’t assume that they’re any better or worse than I am. I try to establish...mutual trust.

"[The stereotype] that men should be strong and dominant...is unhelpful in creating trust.

"There is still a section of the community that doesn’t provide respect, particularly men towards women, but we need role models that encourage young people... they can have fun, but do it in a respectful way and [don't] take advantage of other people’s vulnerability."

Alwyn, 22 years of age

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"Respect to me means to be genuinely acknowledged. Being respectful to others creates a mutual connection.

"Toxic masculinity influences negative conformity in young men, which then creates a suppression of true understanding in emotional development. I feel like society praises this stereotype.

"Young men should be able to show vulnerability with not only themselves but with others and still be accepted and respected.

"Financial stability and masculine physique in a man’s world is idolised and can be known to the insecure man as dominancy.

"We are told to be better than one another but not to be better in ourselves."

Peter, 74 years of age

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"[I am] someone who cares deeply about his wife and has integrity in what he does; [who] seeks to put others first, [who has a] servant heart.

"[Respect means] to be able to listen to another person’s point of view and validate that point of view even though you may not hold the same point of view.

"To bring out the best in people - to be validated goes a long way to reduce conflict in any relationship.

"[A stereotype I find hard to accept is] that men are selfish and more often than not uncaring... [That men] are meant to be strong in all situations, to not express your emotions.

"[A stereotype I find hard to accept is] that men are selfish and more often than not uncaring... [That men] are meant to be strong in all situations, to not express your emotions.

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