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Our Pledge

Mother takes Pledge with her son and signs her name on the wall along with hundreds of citizens in a permanent display at Salem Center Mall in downtown Salem, OR

Mother takes Pledge with her son and signs her name on the wall along with hundreds of citizens in a permanent display at Salem Center Mall in downtown Salem, OR

“I WILL NOT USE MY HANDS OR MY WORDS FOR HURTING MYSELF OR OTHERS”®

…fourteen words to help people PAY ATTENTION to the things we say and do to ourselves and others that causes pain.

The Pledge encourages dialogue about all forms of abuse and violence…from name calling, belittling, put downs, and negative self talk (I’m stupid, ugly…) words that can escalate to suicide and/or murder.

When taking the Purple Hands & Words Pledge you are asked to trace your own hand on purple paper, sign your name and age and post your Pledge in your home, school, workplace, place of worship, or wherever people live and work together to serve as a visual reminder of your personal commitment to stop and think before you say or do anything hurtful.

The Purple Hands Pledges represent symbols of Unity as we reinforce and recognize the Power and Value of every individual’s choice…to use our words and actions to help…not to hurt…ourselves or others.

Anger is a feeling, violence and abuse are always choices.

Ann S. Kelly

Author – Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Pledge – 1997
Creator – Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Logo – 1997