NORFOLK, Neb. -- Mass shootings are making headlines again. With it, northeast Nebraska experts point out that an under-discussed component of this tragic trend is gender. 

Bipartisan research center The Violence Project states men perpetrate 98% of mass shootings and 90% of all murders. Norfolk’s domestic violence resource, Bright Horizons, noted they see five to 10 women a day – who usually are hurt by men – but only around 50 male violence victims per year. 

“But personally I believe that males are just scared to come in, scared to reach out for help,” said Lyndsey Figgner of Bright Horizons.

Figgner shared one of the best way to break patterns of violence – at least in Norfolk – is by welcoming male victims to their support groups. 

“We want to push for men to come in. We want to advocate for them,” Figgner said. “I wish that men would know that it’s okay to be a victim. It happens to everybody.”

Local sociologists seconded that a lack of these resources can contribute to dangerous expressions of masculinity. 

“Patriarchal codes do support dominance and aggression,” Dr. Annie Corbett, behavioral sciences instructor at of Northeast Community College, said. “And men do tend to externalize more than women, and that comes out as violence.”

Corbett said possibly the best way Nebraskans can take action against constructing negative expectations for men – starts with healthy home lives. 

“Being able to recognize if your kid is doing something violent [...] and working with kids to break the mold [...] This is stuff that happens in early childhood.”

Whether it’s through deconstructing negative patriarchal standards, or extending more mental health resources to men, Norfolk sources agree something needs to be addressed.