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There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for "bringing it on yourself."

It should be the same with sexual violence. But all too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change.

Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


Won’t you join us?




Start by Believing
was created without any external funding from grants or corporate sponsors.

Support this campaign and help us reach friends, family members, responding professionals, and others with this simple yet powerful message:  Start by Believing!


  • My name is Lynne. I am survivor and an advocate for other survivors. I work in a sexual assault crisis center. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nancy Adamson. I am the mother of two and I work as a therapist with military veterans and others in the community who have experienced interpersonal violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danielle Spakes. I am a sexual assault victim advocate with four younger sisters. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Deb S.. I am the mother of a young daughter who was a victim of sexual assault. She is happy and healthy today because she's surrounded by people who believe her. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ashley. I am an advocate for for sexual assault survivors and the daughter of someone who survived an assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Renee Belmore. I am a sexual assault response coordinator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Candace DUran. I am a certified Nurse-midwife who works in the OB/GYN dept of an Indian Health Service . I am a participant in an effort to build a SART team . When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Francina. I am a SANE and my moto is "I Believe"...all victims of sexual violence and I fight to assure that these victims recieve compassionate care. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Andrea Tennyson. I am a Domestic Violence Victim Assistant. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is R.A. wiggins. I am I am a Sergeant with the Durham Police Department assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
    
Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).