Start by Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault
8/19/2015
Start By Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in Idaho
8/19/2015
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8/19/2015
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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 Sandy Goodwin. I am a Sexual Assault Advocate. Rape is about power and control. We must all work together to end domestic violence and sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ron. I am the dad of two girls away at college and would want someone to believe them if necessary. I will do the same for yours. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is David A. Jones II. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tracie Diamond. I am a Victim Advocate, military member, and mother of 6! I am dedicated to ensuring that not only my children, but those I work with know how to get help. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angie Campos. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ashlyn Madison. I am a student and I think this is amazing because I know victims of domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Hadia Sarwari. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Chelsea. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lily mirjahangiri. I am Supporting all the unheard voices of victims of rape and sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rebecca Collins. I am a mother, wife and RN I was sexually assaulted by a Correctional Officer when someone tells me they were sexually assaulted I start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
    
 

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Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).