"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 Kelly M. - MT. I am a Sexual Assault Advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Casandra MARTHA. I am a co-director of DEDIMA Curacao, an organization that works on prevention and others to stop ALL kinds of violence against women and children. 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 Rosanne Morphy. I am a Domestic Violence Court case worker who works with survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is James Howard. I am a Domestic Violence Investigator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Chuck. I am retired When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nancy Chesnut. I am a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate 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 Laura. I am someone who helps people understand stalking, and someone who cares about how we respond to victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Russell Hudson. I am the Supervisory Special Agent in charge of the Fort Hood CID SVU. My team is trained to start each investigation by believing what the victim says. 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).