Take the Pledge
“I will never forget that woman or the power of what she did in that moment for me. The power of bystander intervention is that it tells victims that they are not crazy, that they’re not making it up or overreacting, that they’re not alone.”
Envision a society where all of us can enjoy a concert, a night out, a jog through campus or a ride home free of harassment from strangers. Picture a global community where anyone could log onto their favorite website and express their opinions openly, freely and respectfully without being ridiculed or threatened.
That world is possible, and with your help we can help make it happen.
We should all be able to move freely and participate fully in the world around us, comfortable in our own skin, no matter what we look like or how we identify. Harassment – whether it happens online, in the streets, in school, or at the supermarket – erodes our ability to move through public space. It stifles our sense of freedom and creates fear and mistrust of those around us.
People often think that harassment is just an interaction between the harasser and the target. We know that’s not true. So many incidents of harassment as well as the overall culture of violence that it fuels, can be silently perpetuated by people who witness or know about the abuse and do nothing.
Join us in taking this pledge to build a safer world, where everyone has the right to be who they are. Whatever that means that day, that hour, that minute.
I pledge to do something when I see someone being harassed in any public space.
I plan to educate myself about what harassment looks like, how it affects people differently based on their identities, and what I can do to help – long and short term.
I promise to share my experience with harassment in public space and encourage my loved ones to do the same– so that others can know they are not alone.
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