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AMEND Together aims to help end violence against women

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Violence against women affects everyone. This is a key message from a program that will be implemented at YWCA of Lubbock.

AMEND Together aims to prevent attacks against women, by mentoring boys and young men. 

"Kids are starving for a little bit of attention," YWCA Chief Executive Officer Glenda Mathis said.

Shan Foster with AMEND Together in Tennessee visited Lubbock to explain the need for the program. He said this needs to be a community approach through ambassadors and others who will volunteer.

"Those experiences being brought to the table is what allows iron to sharpen iron and it's critical that these young people in this generation have a model," Foster said.

Mathis said everyone needs a caring adult in their life and sometimes it may need to be someone outside of their family.

"I think any time you can have a conversation it helps kids, boys or girls, feel more confident feel like someone is listening to them and understands the struggles they are going through," Mathis said.

Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt is backing the initiative and believes in the mission. He said it combines two very important things in this life: raising his boys and helping to mold the student-athletes at Tech into outstanding citizens.

As a YWCA volunteer, among other community roles he serves, ambassador Haiwatha Culver Jr. said it was important to get Texas Tech involved.

"You can impact so many people from all walks of life and you never know what you're going to say to make a difference in somebody's life, whether it's a young man or a young lady," Culver said.

Mayor Dan Pope said community mentoring is important. He referenced the influence of the Boy's Club and a coach at school when he was growing up.

Last year, Voice of Hope saw 456 sexual assault cases and ninety percent of the perpetrators were men. Kenneth Castillo with Voice of Hope, and now an AMEND ambassador, said in order to end violence against women, more men need to get involved.

"Little boys see their male role models perpetrate violence, that's the exact same thing they're going to do to their spouses, to their kids...it ends up being a circle. Where do we break that circle?" Castillo said. 

For more information on AMEND together and how to get involved: https://www.amendtogether.org/.

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