"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.


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 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 Lonna Plumley. I am a Registered Nurse, and a mother. I believe that all people have the right to a life free from violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joy. I am Someone who cares about victims of violence When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Larry Hasley. I am a detective. I made my commitment at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Shannon Webb. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, mother, and friend. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dianne Lien. I am Childhood sexual victim....I believe....oh do I believe! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Veronica Henry-Redell. I am a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ed Guider. I am a guy who has known too many family and friends who have experienced sexual violence. And I am a guy who commits himself to make a difference. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Amy Pollpeter. I am a Criminalist in the DNA section of the Iowa DCI crime laboratory. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anne Carlson. I am a psychologist. 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).