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Step up, fathers: All men must help stop violence against women On Father’s Day

Celebrate with something more than a cookout — celebrate by taking a stand, says the president of The Heinz Endowments

June 14, 2014 11:57 PM

Father’s Day is defined as “a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society.” Most of us mark the day by honoring our fathers or our own role as fathers, but for us dads, this is also a good time to think about the role of fathers in our country and our communities.

Like many dads, I strive to be the kind of father that my children deserve, and I worry that I sometimes fall short. But when I think of the influence of fathers in our society today, those worries turn more serious. As fathers, we are not ensuring that our families and communities are safe, and as a group we have been responsible for a great deal of harm. News headlines remain all too vivid: Men are hurting and killing women every day.

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