"Let your children know that we start by believing"
5/8/2014
New Times investigates local sexual assault cases from report to prosecution, and the lack thereof
5/7/2014
Police Chief Magazine: Start by Believing: Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault
5/1/2014
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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 Tara Hall. I am RN, SANE. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Juanita Blaz. I am the Program Director of Island Girl Power I believe in this and hope more people take a stand against the silence.. Lets speak up and stop sex crimes. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is sherry cluff. I am a DV advocate at a DV Safe House When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Frances Elmore. I am the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at Moody AFB (GA) and provide advocacy and support services to active duty members. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Diane Mayfield. I am the Victim Services Director for the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Donna. I am a survivor as well as an advocate for victims of domestic violence in my home town. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angelia. I am a mother, an educator and a Forensic Nurse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is William Turner. I am Making the pledge to Start by Believing at the 12th Annual WV Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium/SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cinthia Cordova. I am a Survivor and work at a crisis center in TX as a bilingual advocate. I know what it feels like to be a victim and want others to be survivors too! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly Green-O'Shaughnessy. I am a Forensic Nurse Examiner and Emergency Nurse - Mother of 14 year old a daughter, niece of an Aunt that was sexually assaulted. 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).