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Biography

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Duane de Four, M.A. is an educator, media critic and activist with more than twenty years of experience facilitating interactive, engaging trainings on gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, consent, redefining masculinity and sexual health.

In his time as a public speaker and educator Duane has traveled across the United States educating men and women in all branches of the U.S. Military, each of the “Big 4” North American professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) and NASCAR; as well as middle and high schools, colleges and universities. Duane has also worked internationally training educators at rape prevention programs in Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

When he’s not traveling, Duane is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, works as a Program Manager for Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sits on the board of directors at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) and co-facilitates Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ sexuality education trainings for professionals.

Duane has appeared on NPR, HuffPost Live, international newspapers and numerous local radio and TV news programs. 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 his blog; HowManly.com where he writes about masculinity in media and culture.

Duane’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies from the University of Utah.

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