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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 Maya. I am a friend and family member of many survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Patricia. I am an administrator in higher education. It is critical that victims of sexual violence are responded to without judgement or opinion. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dave Madeya. I am the director of the Glendale Family Advocacy Center in AZ. Being in law enforcement for over 20 years and now working at GFAC has opened my eyes. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is jessica. I am social work intern at Laguardia Community College. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Julie Kacmarcik. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Pattie. I am My daughter is an LCSW and has worked for many years with the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Everyone needs to start "believing". When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is mary. I am an educator and a friend of many sexual assault survivors When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sophia F.. I am a friend When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rhonda Parker. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Martha. I am the director of an Independent Living Center for people with disabilities. 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).