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Our Lake Havasu Police Department adopted the 'Start by Believing" proclamation on October 1, 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 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 John Novick. I am a male survivor of childhood sexual abuse. I am also a chemical dependency counselor. 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 Adriana Duarte-Wilson. I am Victim Services Counselor assigned to the Sex-Crimes Unit of the Austin Police Department. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sharlene. I am a police officer who believes. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cathy Daniels. I am currently employed with the Chickasaw Nation Office of Violence Prevention in Oklahoma. I am the tribe's sexual assault advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Shunu Shrestha. I am Duluth Trafficking Task Force Coordinator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachel. I am a Student President, Advocate, sexual abuse survivor, and friend to survivors of sexual and domestic assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jeanne Buffington. I am the executive director of Rape Response, a sexual assault center serving five counties. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Deborah Johnson. I am Deborah AND I BELIEVE WHAT OUR VICTIMS ARE TELLING US When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Luana Rodriguez, CNM. I am a Midwife and I care for Native American women in the central Phoenix area. I care for these women and try my best to listen and support them. 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).