"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 Kellie Davis. I am A Victim's Advocate in Chattanooga TN as well as a survivor. If someone tells me they were assaulted, I listen, and believe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tiffany Sexton. I am a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Shannon Webb. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, mother, and friend. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ashley N C. I am someone who wants to see change in the way people respond to sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dave Cohen. I am a former journalist and a spokesman for the San Diego Police Department. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kim Lafreniere. I am a 34 year police officer from Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is the 5th EVAWI conference I have attended. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dolores Hutcheson. I am a police officer. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is R.M. Sessions. I am a detective for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit. I am a believer and will continue to fight the fight! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cathryn F. Evans. I am a daughter.  I am a sister.  I am a wife.  I am a parent.  I am a friend.   I am a prosecutor. I believe in justice.   When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly Dominguez. I am Sexual Assault Response Coordinator - US Air Force 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).