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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 Judy Durham. I am Lead Advocate, Sexual Assault Victim Services Napa Emergency Women's Services Napa, CA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is F. Wiggins. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is A. P. Reuther . I am I am a Police Officer with the City of Durham NC. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Bria crawford. I am I have been a sexual assault victim and know what damage that does to an individual. #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Destiny Howell. I am #RVABelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Vile. I am a domestic violence support worker in London. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lori. I am DV/SA transitional housing case manager When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is lauren. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debra. I am an incest survivor and a professional counselor who helps survivors heal from their wounds. I speak out for those silenced by their abusers. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brennen Perry. I am #rvabelieves 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).