"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 Peggy Runyon. I am a campus police officer. I made my commitment at West Virginia's 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 CC Paul. I am an advocate & ally for my brothers and sisters that have endured such a horrific crime. You are not alone. We believe in you & we are here for you When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Don Pind. I am willing to help. Saw the story tonight on TV 5. I was police office until 1990, now teaching full time (firearms, self defence and carry concealed). When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debra Campbell, RN SANE. I am a Registered Nurse and a Sexaul Assault Nurse Examiner. I am a survivor of sexaul assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Pat E. I am the SANE Program Coordinator at our hospital. I have a team of nurses(myself included)who are dedicated to believing and supporting victims/survivors When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lynette Davis. I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, an advocate for victims and survivors, and a survivor myself. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danielle Spakes. I am a sexual assault victim advocate with four younger sisters. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Becky Lockwood. I am the Associate Director of the Everywoman's Center at UMASS in Amherst Massachusetts. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mickie. I am a legal advocate. I care about all survivors of sexual assault/abuse. They deserve to be believed. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Melissa F.. I am a survivor. 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).