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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 Scott Law. I am The Director for Campus Public Safety at Drake University and my department will believe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nicole. I am an advocate for Women. A mother of 2 girls, a graduate student. I vow to believe, and I know that believing makes a difference. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Stacie. I am a Survivor of Sexual Violence and its made all the difference to be able to talk to someone who, I knew, BELIEVED me. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is LC Williams. I am an employee with Family Services, Inc., a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving Forsyth, Davie and Stokes counties in North Carolina. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Towanda Lawler. I am with the Johnson County, Missouri Domestic Violence Task Force. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dorothy K. I am a SANE nurse. I believe! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nicole. I am survivor and a counselor for sexual assault victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Elizabeth. I am a trainer and a parent. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Christina B. I am an advocate, activisit, mother, feminist & someone who cares deeply about how we respond to sexual violence as a community. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Donna Floyd. I am a RN and had a friend who was raped. 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).