Ted Haynes, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, is taking a stand against domestic violence.
Why did you want to take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault?
I believe everyone should feel safe and secure. Domestic violence and sexual assault destroys that opportunity and causes people to live in fear and dread. If my involvement will prevent just one event from occurring, then it will have been worthwhile.
Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognize that sexual assault and domestic violence are not just a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop sexual assault and domestic violence?
I believe that as boys and young men are maturing, they select role models to watch and emulate. However, they can only emulate the characteristics they can see the men doing. That is why it is so important for men to speak out and take a stand against domestic violence, so that their character can be displayed for boys and young men to see.