A creed is a formal statement of beliefs, a system that guides one’s actions and way of living their life. Many Christians and Catholics often recite a creed in prayer as an expression of their faith. The Survivors’ Creed is a similar expression, but for survivors of sexual violence.
The Survivors’ Creed
I believe I have a right to be safe:
at home, on campus, in church, on the street,
whether I am wearing a swimsuit or a jogging suit.
I believe my body is sacred
and only I can choose with whom to share it;
my bodily integrity cannot be stolen or tainted.
I believe being a survivor does not diminish my value,
and that being attacked was not my fault.
I believe healing will come in time
and forgiveness will happen when I am ready.
I believe I am worthy of being treated with dignity and respect,
that my ‘no’ is enough whether it is said with my mouth or with my body.
I believe my word is enough to ensure reasonable action is taken
to ensure my safety and my well-being in the aftermath of an assault.
I believe all people should be held accountable for their actions
and that all people must be educated to respect the bodily autonomy of others.
I believe I am important, untouchable, beautiful, lovable, and powerful,
and those cannot be taken away from me.
I believe I am a survivor and I am unconquerable.