TAKE THE PLEDGE
When someone tells you they were abused or sexually assaulted, knowing how to respond is critical. A negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face no consequences for their crimes.
Start by Believing stops this cycle by improving our personal and professional reactions.
It all starts with you. Make your personal commitment to Start by Believing.
- Start by Believing when someone tells me they were abused or sexually assaulted
- Support survivors on the road to justice and healing
- Help end the silence
I PLEDGE TO:
My name is Richard. I am making this pledge because having a positive impact and impression with survivors matters for their case, and their own personal healing.
My name is Deirdre. I pledge because all survivors are worth fighting for and all perpetrators need to be held accountable.
My name is Sophie. I pledge to give hope and a voice to those who are silenced by force, because of societal norms, religious beliefs, traditional harmful practices.
My name is Gillian. I pledge because I know the power of believing and of being heard.
My name is Detective Richard Theberge. I pledge to Start By Believing, to provide as much support for sexual assault victims as I can offer, and to seek justice for perpetrators of sexual violence all the while empowering sexual assault victims to help end their silence.