Be it resolved that as survivors of domestic and sexual violence we pledge to:
Hereby affirmed and ratified as our resolution on this day, the 25th of July, 2001, at the Multicultural Forum on Violence Against Women in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Authored by domestic violence and sexual assault survivors at the Multicultural Forum, Puerto Rico, July 2001.
I am from a closely knit collective family, filled with love, care and security, conflicts, disagreements and shame
I am from a family of survivors and visionaries, a family of fearful immigrants
I am from a traditional, male dominated family, but filled with hugs and kisses
I am from an introspective, loving, giving, defining family, who knew where they came from
I am from many heritages, many of which are unspoken
I am from a family that is matriarchal and patriarchal, that is from the old world and the new world, a world that is strong and fragile
I am from stupid, lazy, brown
I am from what I say is not important
I am from every stereotype
I am from always being on the outside
I am from cooperation, working as one
I am from dancing, spirituality, parenting
I am from respecting others and others who respect you
I am from mother earth and father sky
I am from ocean waves that bring me peace
I am from a sense of freedom, a freedom that my children also share
I am from feeling safe in my community, free to come and go anytime
I am from independence is possible for women
‘Women & Other Survivors’ refers to victims of gender-based violence and includes survivors who are not women: girls and boys, gay men, straight men, and transgender individuals. It acknowledges that historically women, straight and queer, are disproportionately victims of gender violence and most advocacy work focuses on violence against them.(Coined by the Praxis/Manavi Advocacy Learning Center)
Persons depicted are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
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