New Mexico's Governor Martinez declares January as 'Start by Believing" month
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2/2/2015
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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 Kari. I am a rape survivor. I was too scared to pursue legal action because several people I told mocked me, and now it's too late. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Eboni. I am going to start by believing and report domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debbi Robison. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tammy Bowling. I am the Database coordinator for the Women's Resource Center. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Derek J Horner. I am a police officer with the city of Durham, North Carolina and I support this movement. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debora Wells. I am a therapist. I made my pledge at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault/Stalking Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Yvette. I am a survivor, I have learned that the more times I was not believed it opened the door for more abuse. Soon I stopped telling~ When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brianna G. . I am an advocate for sexual assault victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Gloria C.. I am a nursing student & victim of sexual assault.... Some people did not believe me when I spoke up. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lorraine. I am SA survivor, I now give a sexual awareness group in our DV Shelter. I also go to ER calls for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence and educate people. 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).