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 to Start by Believing 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, and traditional harmful practices.
My name is Brooke. I know many women that have been a victim to sexual harassment and assault. I want to pledge to always have an open mind, open heart and listening ear whenever they need it, or anyone for that matter. to help give them back their power. I will Start by Believing.
My name is Maddee. I am pledging because I am a survivor of marital rape. When I was finally able to come forward I was held more accountable than my rapist was. I don’t want anyone else to ever feel that way and blame themselves. The only person at fault for rape is the rapist. I will Start by Believing.