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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 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 Tim. I am a son, a husband, a father and a Police Officer. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Pam Turner. I am making this commitment at the 2012 EVAWI conference in San Diego! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Guadalupe. I am a student, daughter, sister, best friend, and a survivor. 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 John Richards. I am a police officer in Nashville, TN. and respond to calls of sexual violence. The first step for the victims is believing in them and listening to them! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dennisse Ley. I am a victim advocate for domestic abuse victims. I work part of my time at a shelter and the other at an outreach office. I believe... When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brittney Simmons. I am As a victim advocate, I will always start by believing in all my victims. Trying my hardest to make them survivors. I take the stand to believe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Diane La Mar.. I am psychotherapist in private practice in Columbia, MO. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly Green-O'Shaughnessy. I am a Forensic Nurse Examiner and Emergency Nurse - Mother of 14 year old a daughter, niece of an Aunt that was sexually assaulted. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Maria Yturria. I am the sergeant of the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Victim Service Unit. 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).