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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?


Becoming a Start by Believing Nation

In 2011, we could not have imagined how broadly the campaign would be adopted, and how creative you would be in your efforts to spread the word. In less than five years, the campaign has been adopted by more than 130 communities here in the U.S. and others around the world. Four states have formally proclaimed their pledge to Start by Believing, and we are building momentum toward a national proclamation.

We will become a Start by Believing Nation.

Our next step is to join forces, and show the world our power to create change. On April 6th, 2016, we are declaring the first-ever, global Start by Believing Day. Please join us in creating an international message of support for sexual assault survivors.


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

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  • My name is Nakayla. I am RVABelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Terri. I am a survivor of a very abusive relationship. I can relate to victims. I believe a victim when they tell me they were raped or sexually assaulted. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Katherine Rushlau. I am a survivor, and a professional advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Christine Bradshaw. I am social worker in hospitals so important to ask questions and be aware. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jackie Stevens. I am the Community Educator at Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax, NS, Canada. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Abdul Saboor Awan. I am working in development sector for the last thirteen years. I have implemented projects which advocated rights of sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Matthew Flanagan. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Annette. I am a "transgender" of domestic violence. I didn't just survive, I used my experience to be a voice for other professional victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joe Friday. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is SHELBY EDLING. I am #RVABELIEVES 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).