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White Ribbon VA

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White Ribbon VA is a national call to action that will launch during October which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The aim is to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and in my community to promote a positive change in the culture that would allow actions from the pledge to become the norm. White Ribbon VA is a genderless awareness movement where All, regardless of their gender, can participate.

Background: White Ribbon VA was inspired by the White Ribbon organization which is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, and to promote gender equity, healthy relationships, and a new vision of masculinity. Since its inception in Toronto in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign has spread to over 60 countries around the world, including college campuses, military bases and stations, and within a number of states across the country.

White Ribbon USA and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) are partnering with the VA in White Ribbon VA under the Stand Up to Stop Harassment Now Campaign. White Ribbon USA, NASW, and VA have the shared goal of taking an active stance in ending sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence. VA will hold local and national White Ribbon VA programming throughout the month of October 2020. Programs will consist of various speakers, including Veterans and employees, promoting a workplace and health care system that are free of harassment and assault. We will maximize social media platforms, including blogs and Twitter: #WhiteRibbonVA #HarassmentFreeVA

We invite you to partner with us during White Ribbon VA month and pledge to stop violence against others and to symbolically wear the white ribbon throughout the month of October and into the future.

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. Therefore, I promise to:

  • Honor VA health care settings as safe and welcoming environments
  • Recognize that touching, or comments about appearance, or referring to people as "baby," "honey," "sweetie," "hottie," "sexy," may make others feel uncomfortable
  • Talk to others in my life about the repercussions of unwanted hugging, touching or flirting
  • Give everyone extra personal space
  • Understand that some Veterans and others may have invisible wounds and experiences that I may not fully understand
  • Lead by example through my thoughts, words and actions
  • Remember, Every Single Person Expects Courteous Treatment (RESPECT)

For More Information: Contact the VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office: VHA_AHPO@va.gov

Resources: For information about Intimate Partner Violence resources that are available to Veterans and their beneficiaries.