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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 Shawn. I am a detective & a sexual assault instructor. I spend a lot of time listening to victims, their families & friends tell their often horrific stories. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angelica Reina. I am an advocate who works as a volunteer at an anti-violence organization in Iowa. I'm also a graduate student doing research on domestic violence issues. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jeanne Buffington. I am the executive director of Rape Response, a sexual assault center serving five counties. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Millie Lierman. I am a daughter of a sexual assault nurse examiner. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Reyna. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jonathan. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is T Woodson. I am a mother, sister, friend, aunt, coworker, church memer who cares about the human family and wants to see an end to campus sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachel. I am a Student President, Advocate, sexual abuse survivor, and friend to survivors of sexual and domestic assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Casey. I am A student and I will believe and get help for the person. #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Terence Coyne. I am a Criminal Prosecutor in RI Dept of Attorney General. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
    
 

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Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).