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We are creating an ecosystem of respect and support for students and survivors of sexual assault.
We do this by:
We envision a future where every student receives an education free from sexual assault.
In our work to get to this vision, we believe:
At I Have The Right To, we believe that safety starts with respect. Until each and every student is treated with the respect they deserve, no student is truly safe.
For this reason, I Have The Right To is committed to building an ecosystem of respect and support for all students and survivors of sexual assault no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, economic background, school, or student standing.
We approach this mission aware of the sad reality that students in minority groups are disproportionately affected by sexual violence. They are also least likely to see justice for the wrongs they suffer.
Protection from sexual assault and the pursuit of justice cannot be limited to any one group. It is for everyone.
We advance a 360-degree approach to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their parents and communities.
We are tireless in our extension of support and in our action for justice.
We think big and will stop at nothing short of systemic change.
I Have The Right To started as a viral social media campaign for young people to call for safety from sexual violence following the “St. Paul’s School Rape Case” (Associated Press).
The case garnered national and international attention and prompted an important conversation about sexual assault in middle and high school and the secondary victimization of institutional failures, complicity, and survivor-bullying.
From the overwhelming outpouring of young people’s #IHaveTheRightTo declarations, the organization I Have The Right To was born. Its founding principle was that survivors need community, not silence and isolation.
Community is baked into every fiber of our being, including our logo. Designed by artist Mayuka Thaïs, our logo is based on the belief that one’s heart, soul, and body are sacred. The arms across the heart represent self-protection. The logo also signifies that each of us has the right to our own hearts and that no one can take that away without our consent.