Next Gen 2019: Joe Myers
Community Outreach/Primary Prevention Supervisor, Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County
In a post #MeToo world, women have rallied together to create societal change and shine a light on the long-held struggles of inequality and abuse. The result has been movements like Time’s Up, women’s marches across the world, and increased awareness of—and campaigns for—reproductive rights.
Joe Myers proves that men can be a positive part of that equation. Now a supervisor at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Myers was a founding member of Men in Action at West Chester University, where he studied philosophy and women’s and gender studies. Men in Action focused on everything from frank discussions about masculinity to safe-sex education. “It was eye-opening for me,” he admits of his experiences at WCU. “I’m a white cisgender dude with a lot of privilege. How can I navigate that in a healthy way for the people around me?”
Myers is finding answers to that question with the Crime Victims’ Center. “I was able to experience a wide range of how people interact with the social structures I learned in school,” he says. “To see folks who experience violence, the power of healing and the power of living through experiences—it’s motivation to want to leave the world a better place.”
Myers and CVC are working to educate young people on topics like micro-aggression and gendered violence. It can be something as subtle as the language used, or as obvious as invading someone’s space or inflicting harm. The goal is to create awareness as a preventative measure. And by working with grade-school kids, Myers hopes to build on that awareness as children grow. “We’re also looking for ways to empower teachers to be active agents of change—how they can say the little things and interpret and prevent gender-based violence,” says Myers.