"Let your children know that we start by believing"
5/8/2014
New Times investigates local sexual assault cases from report to prosecution, and the lack thereof
5/7/2014
Police Chief Magazine: Start by Believing: Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault
5/1/2014
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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 Brandon. I am a sexual assault advocate. I will NEVER start by blaming. 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 Dr S Singh. I am Forensic Expert & Investigation Officer from INDIA. I Examined & Investigation 1000 of Sexual Assault cases. I believing wording of all Girls. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tashima Martin. I am Victim Advocate at the Solicitor office. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is JoLynn Backes. I am a survivor as well as a victim advocate. The most important thing for a victim when he or she discloses is to be believed and supported. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Becky . I am a sexual assault survivor and now work as a sexual violence program advocate for survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angela. I am a Victim Advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Zainab. I am someone who works with refugee and immigrant victims of violence. When I see someone that says they've been raped or SA'ed, I start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Elyse. I am a Victim Advocate, survivor, and supporter of survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ken Morley. I am a husband, father, family member, friend, and a police officer who tries to make a difference in society; both personally and professionally. 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).