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Undoing rape culture: The role men can play in combating sexual violence

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"Central to rape culture, we don't focus at all on men, we don't focus at all on their behaviors—we're blaming women," said Morvogordato.";

It was a case that ignited the nation: Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was convicted of raping an unconscious woman behind an alley dumpster after a party.

Prosecutors recommended a six year sentence, but the judge sentenced Turner to six months, reasoning that a "prison sentence would have a severe impact on him."

Brock Turner was released from jail earlier this month—after serving just three months. He'll be required to register as a sex offender and will spend three years on probation.

That case also highlighted the role men can play in combating sexual violence against women: two men intervened to stop Turner's attack—chasing him down and holding him till police arrived.

Robert Mavrogordato, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner at a mid-Michigan hospital, is on a mission to get more men fighting sexual assault.

His article in the Huffington Post, Undoing Unawareness: How Men Can Help Fight Sexual Assault, calls for "rewriting the narrative of rape culture."

Mavrogordato joined us to discuss ways to move the conversation from blaming female victims to holding men accountable, and the importance of overturning the "false belief that women are responsible for their own assaults."

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