The Pledge for Action is a powerful agreement students, families, military members, educators, and individuals sign to pledge that they will do their best to help their family, friends and peers in potentially dangerous moments concerning alcohol, drugs, and sexual assault.
How it works? First, read the pledge below. After reading the pledge, you will find instructions for signing the Pledge online right now AND for how to use the Pledge in your community and/or school.
PLEDGE FOR ACTIONRM
I, ____________________________________________, pledge to do my best to help my family, friends, and peers in potentially dangerous situations in which drugs, alcohol, a violent person, or other threats to their safety and well-being are present. I will do this by having the focus and self-control necessary to remain aware of my surroundings, the wisdom to identify dangerous situations, and the courage to take action in confronting my friends when their judgment is impaired.
I recognize that these dangerous situations may arise at times when people feel safe and comfortable, such as at bars, parties (especially when alcohol is influencing the situation and a person is trying to “hook up” with another individual), or in the context of a romantic relationship. I realize that it may not always be easy to help people from harm in these situations, but by remaining watchful and showing care and concern, I may help to prevent a sexual assault from occurring.
I understand that the ONLY person responsible for a sexual assault is the person who engages in sexual contact without the consent of the other person. Through my own positive words, actions, and beliefs, I am taking the responsibility of helping to end sexual assault. I will share with people the importance of consent and the need to obtain consent with your partner by Asking First. I will treat all survivors of sexual assault with my respect and admiration. I will inform all of my family, friends, and peers that “If anyone ever has or ever does sexually touch you without your consent, I will fully support you. I will always be here for you. Always (from simply listening to helping you seek the proper support from professionals)!” During the next 24 hours, I will start putting this pledge into action by saying these words to at least 3 people.
Sexual assault is a horrific and traumatic crime. My active commitment to this project will help reduce the violence in my community and create a safer atmosphere for everyone.
How do you use the Pledge for Action? Start by signing the pledge online right now (scroll down to see the online pledge). Below where it reads “SIGN THE PLEDGE ONLINE,” fill out the blank boxes and click on “Sign the Petition.” You will be forwarded to a page confirming you signed the pledge. Plus, you will instantly receive an email which has a link YOU MUST click on – this link confirms YOU are the person signing the Pledge (avoids SPAM and misuse). Your name is not able to be added to the Pledge until you click on the link in the email. Once you complete this process, you will be able to return to this page and see your name added to the list!
For use in your community and/or school, each individual signs two copies of the agreement which you can download with the link provided below. The first page of the download is the complete pledge which is given to each individual to take home and the second page is a condensed version with The Date Safe Project, Inc. heart. Have everyone SIGN across the heart and leave that smaller version with you. Then at a later date, post all the signed hearts in specific locations around school and/or in your community. By placing all the signed hearts around school and in town, students and the entire community will realize how many people DO care about this issue and are committed to helping others!