Arizona is the First Start by Believing State!
4/16/2014
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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 to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


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  • My name is Christy Jackowski. I am a Victim's Advocate, and I am ready to start believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Stephanie Gaffney. I am a survivor! I am a social worker and I am committed to believing and making a difference in the lives of survivors and their families. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anthony T. Thompson. I am a Supervisory Sexual Assault Special Agent with the Dept of Defense and I take great pride in doing what it takes to get the job done in this fight. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Christine Bradshaw. I am social worker in hospitals so important to ask questions and be aware. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nanci. I am a victim advocate and a director of victim services. I am also a survivor. I know the harm that is done when a victim is not believed. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly. I am a victim advocate and a sexual assault survivor. I strive to provide victims with the same support that I was provided. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lindsey Fisher. I am an advocate at a rape crisis center. I made my commitment at the 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 Ben. I am the program coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Services Program here in Reno. I always believe, and I always support and care. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jean Coopman-Jansen. I am a SANE Nurse who would like to see my role become obsolete. I am committed to being part of the solution and NOT part of the problem. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rhea. I am a survivor who was believed the first time 'cause it was a neighbor, but not the next 'cause it was family. Funny all was done right the first time. 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).
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