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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 Heather. I am a Mother, Daughter, Sister and a Nurse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anna Salomon. I am an Advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kim Case. I am with the Missouri Sheriff's Association Crime Victims Unit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Stephen Ball. I am a Detective with Grover Beach Police Department, and I am committed to believing victims of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Barbara Skan. I am An Advocate in a rural DVSA agency (Prince of Wales Island, Alaska) When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dr Sarabjeet Singh. I am Forensic Expert & Investigation Officer , working in forensic Science services, New Delhi (INDIA). When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Catherine Johnson. I am a mother of two and a sex crimes detective for a major metropolitan police department. I see the effects of sexual violence on a daily basis. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joanne Archambault. I am a retired sergeant from San Diego PD and the mother of a 14 year old daughter. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Chrissy Gaffney. I am a DOVE advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rise' Evans. I am willing to share with my community about being aware. 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).