"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.


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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 Ron. I am a judge who retired after 22 years on the bench, who handled many sexual assault cases. I also was a sex crimes prosecutor before becoming a judge. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dodie S.. I am a volunteer rape crisis advocate. I knew very little about sexual assault until August 2006 when I became a co-survivor. I started by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sherry St. Clair. I am campus police officer. I made my pledge at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Linda Lowry. I am a victim/patient advocate, and secretary for our local sexual assault task force. I am a friend to several survivors. I am a believer. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tammy Gastright. I am the Victim Advocate for Columbia College, a women's private liberal arts college in Columbia, SC. I am an advocate and a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Janean Fossum, BSN, RN, CDDN. I am a Forensic Nurse Examiner with a special focus on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Bridget Eismann. I am a crime victim advocate for the Post Falls Police Department. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jamie Rogers. I am a Domestic Violence Advocate for Hi Lines Help for Abused Spouses. I work consistently with victims of sexual assault and DV. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Irma Arreola. I am a bilingual advocate/counselor for the rape crisis center of San Joquin County. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Towanda Lawler. I am with the Johnson County, Missouri Domestic Violence Task Force. 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).