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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 Michele Foster. I am a victim advocate with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. We don't ask for proof, the story may not make sense to us, but we start by believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nina. I am a former student at the Pa Cyber Charter School Of PA. I am also a 10th grader. & I would like to help with all I can with this campaign.  When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kim Case. I am with the Missouri Sheriff's Association Crime Victims Unit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Laura Wright. I am rural advocate with a rape crisis center. I made my commitment at the West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Susan Suafoa-Dinino. I am a Mother of 2 & the President/Founder of a non-profit organization called SpeakingOut against Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. I fully support your efforts. 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 Regina Franklin . I am a MSW. I am a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Gretchen . I am a Victim Advocate, & when someone comes forward & reports a sexual battery, I start from this perspective: I start by Believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Janice Hooper. I am a Registered Nurse and a Kaplan University Forensic Nursing Student. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is AnhDao. I am a lead case manager at the NM Asian Family Center. 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).