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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 Alex Kumin. I am a Sexual Abuse Prevention for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago and a STRONG believer! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Barbara Bailey. I am making this commitment at the 2012 Conference in San Diego! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lesley. I am an artist and teacher troubled that anyone brave enough to seek help following sexual abuse of any sort would suffer further injustice. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Detective Diane Webb. I am a police detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennifer Hopper. I am a Registered Nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in an Emergency Department. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tara. I am a victim advocate and a survivor myself, I know just how traumatic it can be! I was believed when I told my story & everyone deserves that!!!! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tena. I am A Believer! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Erica Lopez. I am an Adult Probation Officer and WILL respond and LISTEN when someone talks!!! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Andrea Boone. I am a Social worker/ advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ellen . I am a rape victim on my way to being a survivor of rape. 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).