White Ribbon VA
White Ribbon VA is a national call to action to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence across the Department of Veterans Affairs by promoting a positive change in culture so that the actions outlined in the pledge become the organizational norm. White Ribbon VA is an 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 and healthy relationships. 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 to promote 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 stand in ending sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
We invite you to join us in making a pledge to stop violence against others and to symbolically wear the white ribbon.
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.
Document your commitment by accessing this webpage:
VA Secretary Denis McDonough reaffirms his commitment to a VA that is free from harassment, including gender-based harassment, and sexual assault. Veterans, VA employees, members of the VA Secretary’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Work Group, the National Association of Social Workers, and White Ribbon USA join him in taking the White Ribbon VA pledge to never commit, excuse, or stay silent about sexual harassment, sexual assault or domestic violence.
Podcast episode on White Ribbon VA: This two-part episode of the Voice of Counseling features White Ribbon VA partners White Ribbon USA, American Counseling Association and American Psychological Association discussing the significance of the campaign and resources available to veterans and the public.Guests:
- Eddy Fagundo, PhD, CRC, CVE, American Counseling Association
- Veronika Mudra, White Ribbon USA
- Kelley Haynes-Mendez, PsyD, American Psychological Association
- Bridget Truman, PhD, VA Mental Health Services
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.