This initiative encourages all to commit to helping end sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence by taking the White Ribbon VA pledge. The pledge is more than mere words – it’s an individual commitment to a VA free from these corrosive behaviors.
White Ribbon VA Pledge
I, [your name], pledge to never commit, excuse or stay silent about sexual harassment, sexual assault, or domestic violence against others.
Sexual harassment is any unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature and which is threatening in character, and includes unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors. Gestures, jokes, whistling and catcalls such as, “You’re too cute to be a Veteran,” are examples of sexual harassment.
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or attempted sexual contact that occurs without the consent of the recipient. It includes rape and sexual coercion. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force, or if the offender used drugs or alcohol as part of the assault.
Domestic Violence is any violence (physical, non-physical) or abuse that occurs within the domestic sphere, or at home, and may include child abuse, elder abuse and other types of interpersonal violence. Deployments, family separation, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance misuse can lead to increased risk of Veterans experiencing or using domestic violence.
Armed with this knowledge, we invite you to take the White Ribbon VA pledge and join VA as we Stand Up to Stop Harassment Now.
“This is more than just a white ribbon. It is a symbol of a person’s commitment to uphold their White Ribbon VA pledge to be an active participant in ending sexual harassment and sexual assault in VA facilities and their communities at large,” said Lelia Jackson, director of the Veterans Health Administration’s Assault and Harassment Prevention Office.
VA staff are actively promoting White Ribbon VA to help provide a safe, welcoming and professional environment for all who work and visit VA facilities. Efforts are led by facility White Ribbon VA Champions that educate staff, encourage them to take the pledge, and help facilitate a positive change that will make the pledge an agency norm.
You can help
Take the White Ribbon VA pledge to demonstrate your commitment and make a positive impact in your community.