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His deep knowledge base… passion for the issues & easy-going charm allows him to powerfully reach audiences less open to these messages.

— Christian Murphy, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Catharsis Productions

Biography

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Duane de Four is an educator, media critic and activist with more than twenty years of experience facilitating violence prevention, masculinity and sexual health focused discussions.

As a speaker and educator, Duane has led such discussions with middle school, high school and incarcerated youth, and with adults in colleges and universities across the United States, as well as the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NASCAR, all branches of the U.S. Military, and rape prevention programs in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also provided expert witness testimony in legislative hearings and domestic violence related cases. In 2011, Duane was one of only six Subject Matter Experts selected to train Air Force SARCs (Sexual Assault Response Coordinators) to deliver a groundbreaking bystander intervention curriculum that reached over 600,000 Air Force personnel serving around the world. 

Duane is currently working toward a PhD, while also working as the Senior Prevention Specialist for Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), serving as a co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence's Prevention Education Workgroup, and sitting on the board of directors at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).

Duane has appeared on radio and TV programs on PBS, NPR, and HuffPost Live, and his work has been highlighted in local and international newspapers. Additionally, his writing has been published in: SLUT: A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual ViolenceAPEX Magazine and can also be found on HowManly.com where he used to write about masculinity in media and culture.

By the end of the workshop, his audience is significantly more engaged, aware, and informed.

— Annie Rosenblum, SAAM organizer, InterACT member
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