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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 Michelle. I am a believer and work in law enforcement. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Deer. I am a law professor -- and a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jenn Freitag. I am an activist, educator, academic and survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Linda Richards. I am a Forensic Nurse Examiner - SART Program Manager, San Jose Calif. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is LaKesha Crump. I am adminstrive support specilized. I ran a Healthy Realationship Support Group and also I am a survior. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ellen. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and survivor of childhood sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is James W. Boerner. I am U.S. Army Sexual Assault Criminal Investigator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danielle. I am A student who took matters into my own hands & started a club to help raise money for survivors! My friend and I are deeply invested in healing others When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Chris Bryant. I am Active Duty Navy involved with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate corp. I am a cousin to a childhood survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Taylor STeele. I am the Domestic Violence Court Coordinator for the Family Crisis Center in Ada, OK. 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).