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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?


Becoming a Start by Believing Nation

In 2011, we could not have imagined how broadly the campaign would be adopted, and how creative you would be in your efforts to spread the word. In less than five years, the campaign has been adopted by more than 130 communities here in the U.S. and others around the world. Four states have formally proclaimed their pledge to Start by Believing, and we are building momentum toward a national proclamation.

We will become a Start by Believing Nation.

Our next step is to join forces, and show the world our power to create change. On April 6th, 2016, we are declaring the first-ever, global Start by Believing Day. Please join us in creating an international message of support for sexual assault survivors.


Support this campaign and help us reach friends, family members, responding professionals, and others with this simple yet powerful message: Start by Believing!

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  • My name is Ashley Polk. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Aja Harrington. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joanne Archambault. I am a retired sergeant from San Diego PD and the mother of a 14 year old daughter. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachelle Iggy Ignacio. I am a student at the University of Florida & a Victims Advocate for the Alachua County Victims Services and Rape Crisis Center. I Start by Believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Evan Scalsky. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lesley A Jamison. I am a CDV Investigator for Hampton County Sheriff's Office in Hampton, SC. I will start by believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mary Sharp. I am am a survivor and thrilled to see the services that are now available. The Start by Believing campaign is what would have made the difference for me. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lizzie Trumbo. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Alma Burke. I am a Human Resource Assistant for a state agency in Richmond, Virginia and I care how victims of sexual violence are responded to. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ester Marshall. I am an advocate for victims of crime and unfortunately rape is a high priority and I would love to participate in this program. 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).