Santa Clara University

Wellness Center

Men's Pledge To End Rape

I Pledge To End Rape Because:
I believe that rape will not end until men become part of the solution
I take pride in myself as a man
I care about the women in my life
I am angry that people I know have been hurt
I know that more than one woman is raped every minute in this country
I understand that rape is a crime of violence against a woman's body, a woman's emotional well-being, and a woman's right to do with their bodies what they choose
I recognize that men and women will not be equal until rape ends
I know that happiness between men and women is difficult in a world where rape exists
I accept my responsibility to assist in making this a safer world.

I Pledge To:
Speak about my anger about rape
Talk with other men about rape
Look at how men are raised that helps create and perpetuate a culture where rape is possible
Interrupt sexist and rape jokes
Support laws that encourage men to take responsibility for ending rape
Listen to women friend's fears and concerns for their safety
Pay attention to cries for help
Challenge images of violence against women in advertising and pornography
Encourage women to be strong and powerful
Recognize that cooperation is power
Examine my behaviors and actions and change whatever I am doing that helps create a climate where rape is possible
Support women and men working to end rape.

Originally from the California Anti-Sexist Men's Political Caucus
Updated/edited by The Clothesline Project (8/99)

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