We Believe You is a survivor-centered, student activist organization that aims to end sexual violence on campus. At a little over a year old, we have collaborated with students, staff, and faculty in efforts to make campus safer and keep survivors centered in all conversations about needed changes to our campus. The allegations in the lawsuit against UMBC officials are deeply concerning and we share the multi-faceted and complex emotions that many students, faculty, and staff are feeling right now. These feelings are completely valid and provides even more urgency to why we are working harder than ever to get the change we all deserve. We encourage people in our UMBC community to not lose hope during this time as we put in the work to right wrongs and make UMBC a safer place. Culture change takes time and requires sustainability. We Believe You is dedicated for the long work ahead. We hope we can rely on others to do the same. Our general body meetings are open to all students wishing to make a difference on campus and prioritize survivor support and healing. We invite you to join us as we cultivate this brave space for survivors and allies.
The UMBC administration has guaranteed that everyone attending and working for the university will be required to attend specialized and detailed, in-person training on sexual violence prevention and response. This has been a major goal of our organization since our inception, but change won’t stop there. While we are waiting to hear the recommended changes from the external consultant, we will continue to work on making resources more accessible to everyone, improving police presence and their role on campus, bringing students concerns about the Title IX office to the administration, making sure perpetrators are stopped and held accountable for their actions, and above all, fostering a space where survivors can be heard and helped.
To survivors of sexual violence – especially our UMBC peers: We see you. We hear you. We believe you.