"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 Brenda Stienger. I am a victim advocate at a rape crisis center. I made my commitment at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium and SART Summit When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joan Boyd. I am a Family Violence Outreach Advocate. I encounter alot of women that have been sexually assaulted. I act as support staff to the Rape Counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is sherry cluff. I am a DV advocate at a DV Safe House When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachael. I am a survivor of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sie . I am the mother of a sexual assault victim, 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 Machell Martin. I am I am a victim advocate and a voice for those who are abused. I always start by Believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Meredith . I am survivor When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nsubuga Zaituni Bulwadda. I am social worker teacher As Vice Chairperson on local council for 10 years, I have been helping women especially assaulted by their spouse When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Seth Stores. I am someone who cares about victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tracie Diamond. I am a Victim Advocate, military member, and mother of 6! I am dedicated to ensuring that not only my children, but those I work with know how to get help. 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).