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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 Josh. I am I am a family member and friend of 2 victims of date rape drug attacks. I start by believing. There is injustices in the world to stop by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Autumn Wells. I am a student. 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 Shirley. I am a mother, daughter, sister, survivor and friend. ! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jerald Monahan. I am a Chief of Police whose agency investigates sexual assault reports as well as trains police officers about the crime of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sgt. Welch. I am Patrol Sergeant. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lupin. I am survivor of long term childhood sexual abuse and a teen gang rape. I am a SANE. While my family chose not to believe me, I will start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Patty Mcintyre. I am a university assistant. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is William Turner. I am Making the pledge to Start by Believing at the 12th Annual WV Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium/SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jim Nelson. I am a School Resource Officer in a small rural community. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karen Nelson. I am I am a tribal health advocate, and am on a sexual assault response team. 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).