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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 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 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 Lovana Dressler. I am a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Advocate for a Nevada Tribe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sharlene. I am a police officer who believes. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Amy Clevidence. I am the Associate Director of the Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center in Paducah, Kentucky. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sie . I am the mother of a sexual assault victim, when someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Indria Perrilloux. I am a Child & Adolescent Sexual Assault counselor for the YWCA. My job is to empower children to understand that the abuse was not their fault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachel. I am a Student President, Advocate, sexual abuse survivor, and friend to survivors of sexual and domestic assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Kingston. I am a domestic violence victim advocate and I believe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angelia. I am a mother, an educator and a Forensic Nurse. 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).