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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 Carole Schaudt. I am I am a victim advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Coachella Valley, California When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Timothy Dougan. I am Facilitator for a Batterer Intervention Program and I believe the victim When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rene Boone. I am a Victim Advocate with Palm Beach County Victim Services Rape Crisis Center and have been working in the field of Sexual Violence for 20 years and When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Annette. I am a "transgender" of domestic violence. I didn't just survive, I used my experience to be a voice for other professional victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Susan MacMaster Beaulieu. I am an office coordinator and advocate at the Sexual Assault Crisis & Support Center in my community. We are helping our community become silent no more! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Holly Page. I am a Victim Advocate and daughter of a sexual assault survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Holly Bohac. I am a mommy of 2 little girls under 2 and 2 full time jobs. I own a salon and do Advocacy in my free time and 3 nights a week. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lisa Surette . I am a sexual assault prevention and response coordinator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Elizabeth Felts. I am an advocate to end intimate partner violence and I start by Believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Haley. I am a survivor and an advocate. 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).