Far too many of us know firsthand the lingering impact of violence and assault, and the loss of power that stands in its wake. The associated stigma in coming forward, and then not being believed, perpetuates a silencing of survivors and creates further harm. Meanwhile, many perpetrators remain anonymous and continue their criminal behavior with no accountability. Our collective power can transform this dynamic and shift the cultural norm toward listening to and believing survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Believe survivors of sexual or domestic violence.
If someone discloses their assault to you, say: “I believe you. It was not your fault. I’m so sorry that happened to you. How can I help?” Cases of false reporting are exceptionally rare, and doubting survivors is hugely damaging. Commit to believing survivors.