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2017 TenMen transparent forwebTen Men is made up of local men from diverse walks of life who share a common vision—a world without domestic violence.

While most men are not violent, many men remain silent in the face of other men's violence. Ten Men is committed to breaking that silence.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Devon Pinkus, men's engagement coordinator, at

Two men pose with arms around each other's shoulder, smiling. Text reads, "Men can help build a world without violence. How are you showing up?" Statewide Helpline number 1-800-494-8100 and website URL listed.Men can help build a world without violence. This June, we invited Rhode Island men to learn more about how they can help prevent domestic abuse.


Every day, men in our community can help build safe, healthy spaces where everyone can thrive. This June, our statewide public awareness campaign called

men in to learn how they can show up for all people - including women and trans and gender non-conforming people - in positive, affirming ways, and by doing so, how men can help prevent violence.

By modeling respectful relationships and being a voice for equality, men can help change the culture that allows domestic abuse and other forms of violence.

Campaign PSAs featuring Ten Men members were broadcast on R.I. radio stations and Pandora, a radio interview featuring Ten Men aired on Latina 100.3 and ads were seen across the state on RIPTA buses as well as radio and Pandora streaming services.

Ten Men hosted the annual community conversation on June 29, lifting up ways to help prevent domestic violence before it happens in the first place.

Meet the Members

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Devon Pinkus, Men's Engagement Coordinat

Devon Pinkus has served as the Men’s Engagement Coordinator at the RICADV since 2020, helping to coordinate and facilitate the Ten Men initiative. To learn more about Devon, visit the Staff page of our website.

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  • 2018-2019 Cohort

  • 2017-2018 Cohort

  • 2016-2017 Cohort

  • 2015-2016 Cohort

  • 2014-2015 Cohort

  • 2013 Cohort


Marco Carrasco, Ten Men 2022-2023 Leonardo Cepeda, Ten Men 2022-2023
Marco Carrasco

Leonardo Cepeda
Latino, 1st generation college student,
girl dad, yearning to find answers in a world
with no clear-cut solutions

Andre Davis, Ten Men 2022-2023 Terrence Green, Ten Men 2022-2023
Andre Davis
Reader. Traveller. Shoe-buyer. Black.

Terrence Green
Black man. Father. Police Officer.
Consciously and intentionally seeking
to add value with every endeavor - through
better understanding

Alex Kithes, Ten Men 2022-2023 Scott Lapham, Ten Men 2022-2023
Alex Kithes
Executive Director of Rebuild Woonsocket
and organizer for social, racial, economic
and environmental justice

Scott Lapham
Artist and photographer
Director of the Princes 2 Kings
mentorship program and the
One Gun Gone anti gun violence art project

Adam Tussing, Ten Men 2022-2023 Ian Wiggins, Ten Men 2022-2023

Adam Tussing
Homeless Management Services Agency
Administrator and Security Compliance Officer
for The House of Hope Community Development
Coorperation, where he affirms safe, stable
housing as a basic human right

Ian Wiggins
6th grade English Language Arts teacher
at Achievement First Iluminar Middle School

Lee Clasper-Torch




Lee Clasper-Torch served as the Men’s Engagement Coordinator at the RICADV from 2015 to 2020.


 2019-2020 Ten Men Cohort:

Jon Berenson, Ten Men 2019-2020 Adam Cable headshot for webCROP
Jon Berenson
Clinical psychologist

Adam Cable
Social worker

Elwood Donnelly, Ten Men 2019-2020 Dave Joseph, Ten Men 2019-2020
Elwood Donnelly

Dave Joseph, MSW
Mediator and peacebuilder

Sam Kirsch, Ten Men 2019-2020 Don Laliberte, Ten Men 2019-2020
Sam Kirsch
Body piercer

Don Laliberte
Director of Social Services

Elliot Rivera, Ten Men 2019-2020 Anthony Sinapi, Ten Men 2019-2020
Elliot Rivera
Youth service provider

Anthony Sinapi
City councilman


Christian Andrade, Ten Men 2018-19 Jim Berson, Ten Men 2018-19
Christian Andrade
Automation Engineer

Jim Berson
Non-Profit Consultant

Jeff Cronin, Ten Men 2018-19 Kevin Lohela, Ten Men 2018-19
Jeff Cronin
Multimedia Representative

Kevin Lohela
Founding Principal,
Achievement First Elementary School
Andrew Mullen, Ten Men 2018-19 Enrique Newman, Ten Men 2018-19
Andrew Mullen
Senior Network Engineer
Enrique Newman
Parole Board Victim Advocate; Pastor
Thomas Terceira, Ten Men 2018-19 Gregory Thompson, Ten Men 2018-19
Thomas Terceira

Gregory Thompson
Development Director
Women's Resource Center
Johnson Thomas, Ten Men 2018-19  Johnson Thomas, Ten Men 2018-19
Johnson Thomas
Prevention Education Specialist
Day One



Not pictured:

  • Marcus Mitchell, Economic & Community Development Consultant


Julio Alicea, Ten Men 2017-18 Victor Arias, Ten Men 2017-18
Julio Alicea, M.A.T.
Social Studies Teacher and Advisor, Blackstone Academy
Charter School

Victor Arias
Public Health Professional;
Community Board Member

Michael Burt, Ten Men 2017-18  Terry Cannon, Ten Men 2017-18
Michael Burt
Senior Project Manager
Optum Healthcare

Terry Cannon
Founder, Tai Chi For All;
Education Reformer

Antonio Da Veiga Rocha, Ten Men 2017-18  Anthony Faccenda, Ten Men 2017-18
Antonio Da Veiga Rocha
Rhode Island Department of Health;
Interdisciplinary Artist

Anthony Faccenda
Housing Advocacy Administrator
AIDS Project Rhode Island

Marshall Lancey, Ten Men 2017-18 Noah Pushor, Ten Men 2017-18
Marshall Lancey
Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Johnson & Wales University

Noah Pushor
Senior and Student Leader
Roger Williams University

Jason Rodrigues, Ten Men 2017-18 Travis Rymer, Ten Men 2017-18
Jason Rodrigues
Construction Foreman

Travis Rymer
Associate Pastor, Grace Harbor Church;
Collegiate Coordinator, Baptist Convention of New England

Jonathan Sigman, Ten Men 2017-18 John Wesley, Ten Men 2017-18
Jonathan Sigman
Social Worker, South Kingstown Schools;
Private Practice Psychotherapist

John Wesley
Director of Policy and Advocacy


Omar Bah Ten Men  Len Cabral Ten Men
Omar Bah
Founder/Executive Director
Refugee Dream Center

Len Cabral
(Original photo credit: Janet Swift)

Ian Colomer Ten Men  Derek Grinkin Ten Men
Ian Colomer
Policy Associate

Derek Grinkin
Property Manager;
Asst. Football Coach, Salve Regina University

Rick Harkins Ten Men  James Kwon Ten Men
Rick Harkins
Financial Advisor/Founder/CEO
Harkins Wealth Management

James Kwon
Designer/Founder/CEO, Figmints Design Agency
(Original photo credit: Timothy Donovan)

Erlin Rogel Ten Men Peter Simon Ten Men
Erlin Rogel, J.D.
Teach for America Middle School Teacher, Providence

Peter Simon, M.D.
Pediatrician, Public Health/Health Equity

Rich Tarlaian Ten Men Larry Warner Ten Men
Rich Tarlaian
Retired Police Officer; Nonviolence Teacher;
Adjunct Professor in Sociology, CCRI

Larry Warner, M.P.H.
Retired Firefighter;
Public Health Professional


Taylor Britto, Ten Men Peter Converse, Ten Men
Taylor Britto
Providence Police Officer

Peter Converse
Newport Community Leader

Marty Cooper, Ten Men Carson Moore, Ten Men
Marty Cooper
Director of Community Relations
Jewish Alliance of Greater RI

Carson Moore
Rhode Island College

Marlon Ramdehal, Ten Men Nelson Rocha, Ten Men
Marlon Ramdehal
Associate Director of Programs, Year Up

Nelson Rocha
Father; Community Organizer

Rilwan Feyisitan, Ten Men

Rilwan Feyisitan, Jr. is the Executive Director at Community Action Partnership of Providence (CAPP). He graduated from Roger Williams University in 1999 and has since been a prominent advocate for community and youth health.

"I've literally held men as they've broken down in tears reflecting on their role as abusers. They see their sons and grandsons going down the same path they set for them as their role model. I now stand shoulder to shoulder with some of them in answering the call to be more than just well-intentioned men. The Ten Men project allows many of us to give a face and voice to the male response needed to end domestic violence. My hope is that men throughout my state will stand with me to stop intimate partner violence and develop healthy, positive, loving relationships." – Rilwan Feyisitan, Jr.

Jay Gotra, Ten Men

Jay Gotra is the CEO and Founder of Alliance Security. He lives in Providence, RI. Jay graduated from UMass Dartmouth and was previously CEO of VMS Alarms.

John Youte, Ten Men 

John Youte is the former Director of Outreach, Admissions, and Student Services at Year Up Rhode Island and has over 15 years of experience in career and social services. John is fluent in Haitian-Creole.

"As a father of a six-year-old daughter, I am here to stand beside her to ensure that she will not live in a culture where violence is the norm. We as men must become agents of change to spread the message to men in our state. This cause needs all of our efforts and advocacy to change mindsets of a culture that limits us and promotes violence against those we love dearly." – John Youte

Rafael Zapata, Ten Men

Rafael Zapata is the former Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at the Office of Institutional Diversity at Providence College. He is fluent in Spanish and has been involved in diversity and cultural work at higher education institutions for over a decade.

Not pictured:
Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson
—Reverend Anderson was raised in Cranston, Rhode Island and is Executive Minister at the Rhode Island State Council of Churches.

Ten Men 2013

Top (left to right):
Erroll Lomba, Youth Worker; Kyle Bennett, Community Advocate

Bottom (left to right): Ben Ellcome, Artist; Ralph Breslauer, Entrepreneur

Videos & Digital Stories

Check out the Ten Men video and digital story series below!

Hear from members about why they joined Ten Men and why being involved in the work to prevent domestic violence is important to them.

All videos and digital stories were filmed and produced by local videographer Neil Guliano.

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  • 2016-2017 Cohort

  • 2015-2016 Cohort

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Members of the 2017-2018 Ten Men cohort participated in a video series that premiered in June 2018.

In the first video in the series, Engage. Educate. Mobilize. (featured above), members collectively reflect on how their experiences in Ten Men and their efforts to end gender-based violence have impacted their lives and created a ripple effect in their spheres of influence.

This fall, we launched the #TenMenTuesday series on social media to share 6 additional videos (below).

Filmed and produced by Neil Guliano. Edited by Eileen Slavin. Special thanks to Kody Fraser (lighting grip) and Adam Parchesky (sound operator).

Julio Alicea & Students, Ten Men Video 2018          Jonathan Sigman, Ten Men Video 2018 
 Moving Beyond "The Man Box"    Changing the Culture
Antonio Da Veiga Rocha, Ten Men Video 2018   Terry Cannon, Ten Men Video 2018 
Modeling Healthy Masculinity   Standing Up to Say Something
Anthony Faccenda, Ten Men Video 2018    Jason Rodrigues, Ten Men Video 2018
Becoming an Active Bystander   Challenging Harmful Gender Norms



Omar Bah, Ten Men Digital StoryIan Colomer, Ten Men Digital Story

Rick Harkins, Ten Men Digital StoryErlin Rogel, Ten Men Digital Story

Peter Simon, Ten Men Digital StoryRich Tarlaian, Ten Men Digital Story

Larry Warner, Ten Men Digital StoryTen Men logo

Lee Clasper-Torch, Ten Men Digital Story  Marty Cooper, Ten Men Digital Story
Marlon Ramdehal, Ten Men Digital Story Nelson Rocha, Ten Men Digital Story
Public Awareness
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  • 2014-2016

  • 2013


Men can help build a world without violence. In June 2021, we invited Rhode Island men to learn more about the role they can play in preventing abuse.

Men in our community can help build safe, healthy spaces where all of us can thrive. Our 2021 public awareness campaign called men in to show up for all people, including women, in positive ways.

By modeling respectful relationships and being a voice for equality, men can help change the culture that allows domestic abuse and other forms of violence to happen.

Throughout the month of June, we invited Rhode Islanders to learn how they can help prevent violence in their communities by listening to our stories on social media, hearing radio public service announcements broadcast in English and Spanish, listening to radio interviews, reading our featured story in The Providence Journal and checking out our ads displayed digitally across the state and on YouTube and streaming services.

Community convo 2021 SLIDEROur annual community conversation hosted by Ten Men covered ways to prevent domestic violence before it starts!

Building a world without violence is possible! We can build this world together as a community

The first half of the event focused on what it means to be an “active bystander,” including challenges, opportunities and strategies to disrupt the normalization of violence against women and its connections to homophobia, transphobia and racism. In the second half of this event, we lifted up positive actions we can take together to create relationships and communities where violence does not happen.

Our 2021 community conversation provided a space for people of all genders and people who are gender non-conforming to gather together virtually and explore the many ways we can all help make our communities healthy and safe.

 Untitled design"If somebody makes a comment off-handed and you can feel it in your gut 'that's wrong, that doesn't feel right to me,' you can just say how it makes you feel."

In our June video public service announcement, Ten Men alum Jason shares about the importance of speaking up when someone you know makes derogatory comments about women. 


In June 2020, the RICADV called on men to take an active role in preventing abuse. During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence cases rose. This created a greater need for the men in our communities to take action. 

While most men are not violent, many remain silent about men's violence against women. It is our collective responsibility as Rhode Islanders to respond to and prevent gender-based violence in our state. To kick off our June public awareness campaign, members of the 2019-2020 Ten Men cohort lent their voices to a full-page open letter that appeared in a special edition of The Providence Journal and Newport Daily News. This powerful piece called on Rhode Island men to play an active role in preventing abuse.

Read the Ten Men open letter to Rhode Island men here.

As part of our social media campaign, we invited the Ten Men members to participate in creating a video about masculinity, and how we can all find ways to redefine strength in a healthy way. Watch Elwood's video about what masculinity and strength mean to him.


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In June 2019, the RICADV launched a statewide public awareness campaign calling on men to help create a future without violence. The campaign's call to action was featured on posters, social media, and bus advertising throughout the state.

In addition, Ten Men members (pictured at the recording studio below) voiced a public service announcement for Pandora that called on men to "reflect on ourselves, challenge each other, and model healthy masculinity." Click here to listen to the public service announcement!

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Ten Men Radio PSA 2018

In addition to participating in the video series, 2017-2018 Ten Men members also voiced a radio public service announcement (PSA) that aired on local radio stations and Pandora throughout the month of June.

The PSA calls on men in our communities to learn more about the role they have to play in preventing domestic violence. It aired in English on WEEI, 94 HJY, and Pandora and in Spanish on Latina 100.3FM.


In 2017, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) launched the No More Silence public awareness campaign, which was the first campaign featuring Ten Men members to be seen on buses and billboards throughout the state, in both English and Spanish. The campaign also included posters of Ten Men members saying "No More" - check them out below!

Ten Men also created a radio public service announcement, calling on Rhode Islanders to help break the silence, which aired in both English and Spanish.

No More Silence Ten Men 2017

Ten Men Say "No More" - 8.5"x11" Posters

No More "It's Not My Problem"                     No More "Boys will be boys"

No More "We Don't Talk About That"                     No More "Why Doesn't She Just Leave?"

No More "But They Go to My Church"                     No More "It's Just a Women's Issue"

No Mas "Eso No Sucede Aqui"                     No More "I'll Say Something Next Time"

In 2014, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) created this public service announcement (PSA) to help raise awareness about men's roles in preventing domestic violence.

The PSA aired on local television stations in June of 2014-2015 and featured Ten Men members addressing domestic violence in their workplaces and encouraging RI men to get involved in the efforts to end abuse. The same message aired as radio PSAs in both English and Spanish throughout June 2014-2016.

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Ten Men received national recognition from in 2014 for this innovative public awareness campaign.

First, Ten Men was spotlighted in the June issue of the national NO MORE newsletter. Then in July, featured Ten Men in the blog post, "Ten Men Can Make a Difference: Meet the Men Who are Redefining Manhood."

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Ten Men made its public debut in 2013 with a June public awareness campaign created by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). 

Television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) aired throughout the month, encouraging Rhode Island men to start conversations with the men and boys in their lives and to lead by example when it comes to treating women with respect and being a role model for young people.

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Watch the 2013 Ten Men PSA



Ten Things Men Can Do

Ten Things Men Can Do to Prevent Violence Against Women

  1. Approach violence against women as an issue that involves men of all ages and all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. View men not as violent perpetrators but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.

  2. If a friend, relative, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner, or is disrespectful or abusive toward girls and women in general, don't look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try talking to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Consult a friend, parent, teacher, or counselor for help. Don't remain silent.

  3. Have the courage to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don't be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might perpetuate sexism and violence; then work toward changing them.

  4. If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused, ask if you can help.

  5. If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help.

  6. Be an ally to women who are working to end gender-based violence. Support the work of college and community women's centers. Attend related events. Help raise funds for victim services.

  7. Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing. Discrimination and violence against those who identify as LGBTQ is wrong, and this abuse has direct links to sexism and violence against women.

  8. Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence. Educate yourself and others about how larger social forces affect the conflicts between individual men and women.

  9. Don't fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any website, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner. Protest sexism in the media.

  10. Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don't involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Volunteer to work with gender violence prevention programs, including anti-sexist men's programs. Lead by example.

(Adapted from a resource by Jackson Katz, one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists and co-founder of Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP).)

Click here for a printable infographic created by the RICADV.

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