“A silent majority stands with survivors” – Gordon Braxton
The November 2015 issue of Ebony magazine identified Gordon Braxton as a “super man” because he is a committed activist focused on fighting intimate violence. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was introduced to the field of sexual violence prevention as a peer educator in an all-male anti-violence group at the University of Virginia, where he graduated with the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, the University’s highest award for humanitarian service. He also won the Black Fraternal Council’s Man of the Year Award, among other distinctions. Upon Gordon’s graduation, Katie Koestner, who helped coin the term “date rape” with her 1991 appearance on the cover of TIME, invited him to join her as a presenter on the topic of sexual violence prevention. He has gone on to present to over 100 secondary schools, colleges, universities, community organizations, and military institutions throughout the country. From 2005 to 2009, Gordon was the Prevention Specialist at Harvard University’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and helped implement the school’s violence prevention policies. He remains an ally to the violence prevention community as a blogger on manhood and rape culture, as a part-time public speaker that has presented to over 100 academic and community institutions, and as an occasional contributor to radio and television engagements.