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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 Summer. I am a social worker for a law enforcement agency. I work with victims immediately following their assault. I wish for all victims to become thrivers! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Meredith . I am survivor When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Marge Archambault. I am the mother of Joanne Archambault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennifer Johnson. I am a mother of 4 daughters and the wife of a LTC moving mountains in the midwest to provide care and support for all patient of violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Silke E. Deeley. I am Executive Director for a battered women's shelter in Albany,GA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Selena Rachelle. I am a counselor at a rape crisis center. I see the damage done to women when they reach out for help & find none. Believing is the first step to healing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Monica Jones. I am a counselor at Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, IL. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Colm Dempsey. I am a former police officer, my first step to help survivors was always to support & believe in them. I've learned so much through their amazing courage. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mandy. I am a rape survivor, 8 years between each rape. When someone tells me about their assault I know from experience how much it means to start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debbie. I am victim of sexual violence over 10 years ago. My daughter was too a victim 2 years ago, based on what I learned I was able to help her thru it. 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).