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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 Lori. I am DV/SA transitional housing case manager When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Wendy Navarro. I am a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Gloria C.. I am a nursing student & victim of sexual assault.... Some people did not believe me when I spoke up. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachael Bosen. I am a survivor of date rape. He drugged my drink & had sex with me even while I was throwing up. He only stopped when my screams were heard by partygoers. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Seth Stores. I am someone who cares about victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Adriana Chavarria. I am educating youth that they can make a difference. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Heather Wheler. I am a survivor of sexual violence and an interpersonal violence educator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cat Otway. I am a SANE-A, SANE-P, and Forensic Interviewer. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Yvette. I am a survivor, I have learned that the more times I was not believed it opened the door for more abuse. Soon I stopped telling~ When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Denise Eng. I am National technical assistance provider. 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).