"Let your children know that we start by believing"
5/8/2014
New Times investigates local sexual assault cases from report to prosecution, and the lack thereof
5/7/2014
Police Chief Magazine: Start by Believing: Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault
5/1/2014
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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 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 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 Becky Navarro. I am a SANE. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karen Nelson. I am I am a tribal health advocate, and am on a sexual assault response team. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Diane Mayfield. I am the Victim Services Director for the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karishma. I am an Outreach Advocate for the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Lake County, IL. I spend my day teaching young people how to stay safe, strong and free. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lorie Niblett. I am a C.N.A and was married to a man who hurt my childeren for many years. When they told me, I believed them and supported them. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Alex Clarke. I am a woman, a survivor, a sister to a survivor, a friend to a survivor and witness to all my sista's experiences of sexual violence in all its forms. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nan G. I am Police officer. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kim Reynolds. I am a SART Coordinator, Advocate and Counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Susan Jennifer Polese. I am I am domestic violence and sexual assault counselor-advocate and Clinical Mental Health Counselor. 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).