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2/4/2015
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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 Cindy. I am making a pledge to educate all the officers at the department where I work to respond by "believing". When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Megan. I am a medical advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cartie. I am an advocate for women's rights and I work every day to make a difference in the lives of women, children and men who are victims of IPV. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karen Tronsgard-Scott. I am a survivor or child sexual abuse and I work in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nafisha Khan. I am a sexual assault program specialist at the Womens Center of San Joaquin county. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Helena. I am I am a crisis counselor and court advocate for a sexual assault center. 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 Kelley. I am Family Nurse Practitioner and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Janice. I am a Registered Nurse of 30+ years, a current Forenic Nursing Student at Kaplan University, and acceped into the A-Sane Training in Chicago 2011. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kristi Jarvis, EMT, RN, SANE-A. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in St. Paul, Minnesota! 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).