Start by Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault
8/19/2015
Start By Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in Idaho
8/19/2015
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8/19/2015
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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 Claudia Bravo. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is mEREDITH mCnELIS. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dr. Gina Bowlin. I am A social worker and an educator committed to teaching students about the capacity for human violence and ways to intervene. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Edgar Campbell. I am a Victim Advocate Coordinator for the AZ National Guard and I start by believing because I hold it in the highest honor to be told your experience. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brian Warde . I am the Sexual Asault and Domestic Violence Porject Coordinator for a Tribal Community in southern AZ. Working together to end violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Morgan S. I am a sorority sister and I will help any sister that ever needs my help! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dana Larkin. I am the Asst. Dean of Students at Columbus State University and I am responsible for Sexual Violence education. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Sorenson. 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 Dena Quinn. I am a childhood sexual assault survivor and an advocate for other survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Our response matters! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Meg Tucker. I am an adjunct professor and PhD student as well as a victim of violent rape. When I was 17 years old I was attacked by a young man. Don't suffer alone. 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).