TAKE THE PLEDGE
When someone tells you they were raped 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 raped or sexually assaulted
- Support survivors on the road to justice and healing
- Help end the silence
I PLEDGE TO:
My name is Blaire C. I am pledging because I personally know the weight lifted off of me when I spoke up and my people believed me! I believe you!
My name is Amy. I was raped at 16 years old, just 3 days after my birthday. Had no one I could trust and the ones I did tell did not believe me. Was raped again at 19 years old while I was in the military. I stood in the ranks next to him as the military allowed him to finish out this contract before handling it. I want other survivors to know they are not alone and when they are ready to tell their story, there will be someone to listen and believe them. I work in law enforcement and it is time we break the silence.
My name is Gabrielle. Sexual violence is still very stigmatized and more people need to learn to believe victims and understand that healing is a process. No means no and what the survivor wore or said shouldn’t matter.
My name is Grant Rummerfield. It is important to believe victims of sexual assault in order to foster a supportive, victim-centered approach to a criminal investigation.
My name is MaryBeth. I am a Registered Nurse and I HEAR you and I listen ( the same letters as SILENT). I want all women, mothers, daughters, girlfriends, and children to feel safe and to trust someone. This is me.
My name is Jacqueline. I was sexually assaulted at a very young age and still struggle with feelings of extreme fear and guilt to this day. I am also the mother of three daughters, I want them and all girls to know they have a voice.
My name is Nicole Martinez. I am pledging because all survivors of sexual violence should be believed and heard. I worked with law enforcement for over a decade on how to better respond to and investigate child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault, and I constantly strive to change society’s perspective and misunderstanding about sexual assault. When someone disclosed to me, I always Start by Believing.
My name is Natalie. I am pledging because I was a victim and because my abuser was so well known no one would believe me. I am pledging that I will always be a listening ear and I will always believe!
My name is Nate Magee. it is of the utmost importance that each and every person’s story is heard and believed. This is especially true when speaking of a victim of sexual assault. I pledge to Start by Believing!
My name is Stephanie. I pledge because I myself was never believed when I was raped and was told it was all my fault. We need to end this treatment of victims.
My name is Hollis. Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States and a few years ago, I was one of those people. I felt defeated, alone and helpless for months due to some of the closest people to me not knowing how to help or what to really say. I take the pledge to ensure no one goes through such a traumatic moment feeling alone.
My name is Dana Martinez. I want survivors to know that they are not alone and that when they are ready to tell their story, they will be believed and supported. We will support survivors through their healing journey and we will take up the fight to break the silence and stigma associated with Sexual Violence.