Sexual and gender-based violence will not end until we, as members of the University of Virginia community, accept responsibility to become part of the solution. That responsibility encompasses words, actions, and beliefs that directly combat sexual violence and help to build a safer community.
I pledge to learn about sexual assault
I will understand how sexual assault affects all members of our community, directly and indirectly.
I will work to personally play a part in standing up against sexual violence, however I feel comfortable contributing.
I will familiarize myself with resources available to students.
I pledge to start a conversation
I will foster discussion about healthy relationships and sexual behavior.
I will talk openly about consent and boundaries with my sexual partner(s).
I pledge to speak out and intervene
I will speak up when someone makes a joke that trivializes sexual assault.
I will recognize my role as a bystander by intervening where I can, but also acknowledge my limits and get help from others when needed.
I will recognize the power of my voice and actions to prevent sexual violence and acknowledge that all different types of voices and actions can help.
I pledge to be prepared
I will program emergency numbers into my phone or keep the information accessible in case anyone needs them.
I will be mindful of my surroundings as well as those of my peers to work toward the safest environment possible.
I pledge to support survivors
If someone tells me they have been sexually assaulted, I will support them.
I will help my friends, classmates, and family understand that regardless of what someone wears, how much they flirt, or if they choose to drink, no one deserves or asks to be sexually assaulted.
I will let friends know that support is available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Office of the Dean of Students, the UVa Women’s Center, Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA). If someone tells me they are seeking these resources, I will respond in a supportive manner.
I will express my belief that everyone has the right to make choices about their own bodies. I will not blame someone for what has happened without their consent.
This pledge was developed with resources from NoMore.Org, Carleton College’s Gender and Sexuality Center, Marquette University’s Counseling Center, and datesafeproject.org.