SALT LAKE CITY — The Elizabeth Smart Foundation (ESF) has launched a campaign called “We Believe You” to support survivors of sexual violence.
The We Believe You campaign was created in response to the many survivors who reach out to the foundation. According to a news release, each survivor usually shares their story by saying:
- “I don’t know where else to turn.”
- “Nobody will help me.”
- “Nobody believes me.”
The purpose of the campaign is to create ties in every friendship circle, family, neighborhood, and community where survivors of sexual violence can turn for help.
There are many ways for people to participate, including sharing the pledge:
“I pledge to stand with victims of sexual violence. I support you, I love you, and I believe you.”
Elizabeth Smart, the founder of the Foundation, was the subject of one of the most-followed abduction cases of all time. She was abducted in Salt Lake City in 2002, after which she endured 9 grueling months of daily sexual assault and abuse by her captors.
Now, Smart’s mission is to bring hope and healing to other victims of sexual violence. “We are launching this campaign so victims know that they can turn to people," Smart said. "That they will be believed, that they won’t be doubted, that they won’t be put on trial to decide whether or not their story is valid or whether or not they are worthy to believe”
Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. However, three out of four rapes go unreported and only five out of every 1000 perpetrators will ever spend a day in jail.
If you'd like to help, you can find ways to participate in the campaign here.