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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?


EVAWI appreciates and recognizes Ruger Firearms (Sturm, Ruger and Co. Inc.) for supporting the Start by Believing campaign by donating a handgun which was raffled by the Prescott Police Foundation. In addition to the handgun, the police officer winning the raffle received a Mitch Rosen belt, holster and magazine pouch. The raffle raised $1,000.00 which will be used to print Start by Believing materials that are distributed throughout the country.

Pictured (left to right): Prescott Police Foundation Board Member James McInerny, Prescott Chief of Police Jerald Monahan, 
and Prescott Police Foundation President Michael Broggie

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 Maren Miller . I am the friend and family member of sexual assault survivors When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sergeant Monica Evans. I am the Dayton Ohio Police Department's Special Victims Supervisor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ellen Wright. I am Business Manager in Student Health Services When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Melissa. I am a victim advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Katie Burdett. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Melissa Pickett. I am a sexual assault worker. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Samuel Chung. 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 Michelle Peverley. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennifer. I am #rvabelieves 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).