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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 Lonna Davis. I am an advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Suzy. I am a detective in a university town. After seeing my community show more support to a rapist than to the victim, I realized more needed to be done. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kaylona. I am an advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Christopher Lofstuen. I am Police sexual assault investigator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is KIMBERLY A. WILSON. I am a believer for a violence free world for women and girls with disabilities. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nafisha Khan. I am a sexual assault program specialist at the Womens Center of San Joaquin county. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anna Zweede. I am a community counselor for domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cara Kiggins. I am a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Taylor. I am a domestic abuse advocate and a victim of sexual assault. I'm from a small town where sexual violence and rape are never talked about & "don't happen" When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kristin Prior. I am a Field Services Director tasked with making sure all Vermonter's get the services they need. I am a mother, an aunt, a sister and a daughter. 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).