Arizona is the First Start by Believing State!
4/16/2014
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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 to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


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  • My name is Beth Hager Harrison Prado. I am a clinical social worker, a US Navy Veteran, and a mental health therapist working with other military Veterans. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ken Morley. I am a husband, father, family member, friend, and a police officer who tries to make a difference in society; both personally and professionally. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Gerard Mejbon. I am the Coordinator for the Mental Health Office here on Majuro, Marshall Islands. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Njoroge. I am a receptionist. I like what EVAW does to help people who have succumed to rape. I know that we can help victims with education and counseling. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Catharine. I am an Adult therapist with WASAC. 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 Judge Charlie Vess. I am a judge in Natchez, Mississippi. Handle both criminal and civil cases. Extra work with Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse. Both go together. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sharon Lockwood. I am Social Work Coordinator, Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Katy Howe. I am Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I also am a Course Coordinator for the Marion County Forensic Nurse Course in Indianapolis, IN. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ashley Chapin. I am a survivor of sexual assault. I am now an Advocate for sexual survivors and I see the transformation that the victim becomes a survivor. 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).
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