What Is the I Pledge Campaign?
The I Pledge campaign is a call to action to end sexual violence. We want you to make a personal pledge demonstrating your commitment to ending sexual violence. A pledge is a statement explaining or describing what you will do. During the week of April 6, your pledges will help create a public display of community solidarity on the Wall of Gold in SUB.
Why Make a Pledge?
In order to prevent sexual assault, we need to come together as a community and focus our efforts on the root causes of sexualized violence: the attitudes and behaviours that trivialize sexual assault, blame victims, and excuse those who commit it. A personal pledge expresses your willingness to counter these attitudes and behaviours.
Submit a Pledge
You can submit a pledge in two ways:
Before You Pledge:
Although many people’s first thoughts might come from “tips” advising people to protect themselves, like “Don’t wear revealing clothing” and “Don’t walk down alleys alone”, the reality is that these types of messages don’t work. What they do is actually end up blaming those who have experienced sexual assault for something that someone else chose to do to them.
In order to prevent sexual assault, we need to come together as a community and focus our efforts on the root causes of sexualized violence; the attitudes and behaviours that trivialize sexual assault, blame victims, and excuse those who commit it.
Think about what might happen if we all switched the narrative away from one of “Don’t get raped” to one of “Don’t rape”, or from “I can’t do anything about it”, to “We all have a role in ending this”. When each of us change the way we think, talk about, and react to this issue, we are helping to create a community free of sexual violence.
Not sure what a pledge looks like? Here are some examples of great pledges:
- always ask my partner for sexual activity and to respect their answer
- remind others that it's not okay to joke about rape
- see myself as an empowered bystander and intervene when appropriate
- support and believe survivors of sexual assault
- confront the sexist attitudes and behaviours of those around me
- see myself as someone who can make a difference and never again be silent about sexual assault
- place the responsibility for sexual assault where it belongs - on those who commit it