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 Konni Hansen. My mother was raped as a child. She waited years and years to tell anyone. Possibly from fear, she wouldn’t be believed.
My name is Taizya. I am pledging because have witnessed a lot of Sexual Violence in my Community and Country at large, that has not been taken seriously and the offender goes out free. Therefore, I pledge to turn things around by believing in the Victims of Sexual Violence and helping them get the justice they deserve.
My name is Brendan Clark. I’m renewing my pledge. I originally pledged a few years ago, but now more than ever we need to wake up to this. I’m a survivor of sexual abuse and the pain, trauma and everything else is as worse as it gets. I want NO ONE to ever go through this. I pledge to help stand up for others and do my part to help prevent this heinous crime.
My name is Marisela. I am pledging because I have experienced sexual assault before and see it happening all around me.
My name is Kelsey. To make it better for our future generations of girls.
My name is Stacie. Victims deserve the best I can give them.
My name is Samantha. Some of my closest friends have had horrible things happen to them and I want to end the silence.
My name is April. I am an ally, no one should be afraid to speak up and I want a better world for my daughter.
My name is Les Doerfler. I believe and support any survivor of sexual violence at any age.
My name is Brianna. I am a rape survivor and the justice system failed me, by telling me there wasn’t enough evidence.
My name is Giosyamirith. To help support survivors so that they can feel heard and safe.