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Voices of Men community engagement leader resigns

Menasha, Wis. — Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has received the resignation of Shannon Kenevan, community engagement leader of the organization’s Voices of Men program.

Goodwill NCW was informed Tuesday that two women from the community have come forward to report that Kenevan has demonstrated behaviors that directly violate the mission, standards and expectations of Voices of Men. His resignation was demanded, effective immediately.

Voices of Men, founded in 2007 by four Fox Valley domestic abuse and sexual assault agencies — Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Reach Counseling and the Sexual Assault Crisis Center — became a program of Goodwill NCW in September 2016.

Voices of Men is guided by a leadership team that includes executive directors of its founding agencies, 10 volunteers and a Goodwill NCW representative.

The Voices of Men mission is to treat domestic abuse and sexual assault as a preventable matter, working to change the everyday attitudes, behaviors and language of boys and young men toward women, and create a culture of safety and dignity.

“Men’s abusive behavior is the responsibility of all men,” said Beth Schnorr, executive director of Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs. “The work of Voices of Men must continue to include encouraging and teaching men to recognize how their own behavior and attitudes are part of wider systems of power and control, dominance and oppression. Clearly, there is much work that still needs to be done in this community and within the Voices of Men organization itself. This is a call to Voices of Men to reaffirm their commitment to this work.”

“The reported actions of our former community engagement leader are not in line with the standards set by our organization and our partners,” said Tom Berkedal, Voices of Men leadership team president. “The current circumstances just reinforce the need for the Voices of Men organization, and we will move forward with a commitment to engage men and boys in the battles against domestic violence and sexual assault.”

“Voices of Men is as important today as it’s ever been,” said Chris Hess, Goodwill NCW’s president and CEO. “We’re focused on working with the Voices leadership team and the founding agencies to see that this program’s message of treating all people with dignity — and its work to change the behaviors and attitudes of young men — continues.”

The 2018 Voices of Men Call-to-Action event, scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, will go on as scheduled. The Voices of Men volunteer leadership team, Goodwill NCW and the founding agencies of Voices of Men are committed to producing the event.

Voices of Men has hosted the Call-to-Action event since 2007, when a “Men’s Summit” was presented. Since then, the Call-to-Action breakfast has become an important Fox Cities event, with more than 1,000 attendees in each of the past three years.

Kenevan also had served Goodwill NCW as a co-founder and program team leader of Harmony Café, and as Leader of Diversity and Inclusion. He joined Voices of Men as community engagement leader in 2015.

About Goodwill NCW: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of 72,937 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites in the Fox Cities and Green Bay, and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit the website at www.goodwillncw.org.

About Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs: Since 1984, Harbor House is committed to understanding the breadth of domestic abuse, and the evolving needs of the individuals and families who experience domestic abuse. The mission of Harbor House is to empower communities to be free from domestic abuse through safety, knowledge, and engagement. Each year the organization serves more than 1,600 children and adults. Website: www.harborhousewi.org

About Reach Counseling: Reach Counseling, based in Neenah and Oshkosh, provides trauma specific mental health care committed to the understanding of and response to emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Since 1976, Reach has worked to heal lives of abuse victims and hold perpetrators accountable through innovative programs in education and outreach, victim advocacy, outpatient therapy and sex offender treatment. Website: www.reachcounseling.com

About Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services: Launched in 1984 and based in Oshkosh, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. (CADASI), is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency serving individuals and families in Winnebago and Green Lake Counties who are struggling with the devastating effects of domestic abuse. Christine Ann educates the community on the dynamics of abuse and how it can help in the fight against domestic violence. Christine Ann operates a 37-bed emergency shelter for individuals and families needing safety and shelter from an abusive situation. While the shelter and 24-hour help line are essential, we recognize that it is our outreach services to those not living in the shelter along with the teen/children’s programs and community education that truly fulfil our mission. We are the only agency providing comprehensive domestic violence programs and services to communities in Winnebago and Green Lake Counties. Website: www.christineann.net

About Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Inc.: Based in Appleton, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC) transforms lives by providing crisis intervention, advocacy and counseling for individuals and families affected by sexual trauma and exploitation at no cost. We are committed to addressing the diverse needs of our community by providing prevention education and raising awareness to create a safer Fox Valley. Website: www.sacc-foxcities.org

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