It's time to
Start by Believing

I think I was sexually assaulted.
I don’t know what to do.

I am sorry this happened to you.
I work for the rape crisis center,
and I’m here to help.

I was raped. I told the police.
They questioned what happened,
and that made me question myself.

I am sorry this happened to you,
and you didn’t feel supported.
I’m a nurse, and I am here to help.

I think I was raped by someone
I met at a bar last night.

I’m sorry this happened to you. As a police officer, I am here to help. What are you able to tell me about it?

I am in the Army. I was sexually assaulted,
but no one believes me,
because soldiers are trained to fight.

I believe you. I’m a victim advocate for the military, and I can help you.

My friend sent me a picture of two guys
having sex with me at a party,
but I don’t remember any of it.

I am so sorry. I am here for you.
How can I help?

Fact:
Most Sexual Assaults Aren't Reported

As few as one in five victims report their sexual assault, so they often don’t get the help they need. Without a report, law enforcement misses the chance to identify perpetrators in the community, repeat offenders go undetected, and more people are victimized.

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It’s Time to Start by Believing:
The global campaign transforming the way we respond to sexual assault

Brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), America’s leading
nonprofit organization dedicated to improving criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

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Thousands of people have joined the global campaign to transform the way we respond to sexual assault. Join us today. Make a commitment to Start by Believing and help survivors on the road to justice and healing.

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After Start by Believing, What's Next? Seek Then Speak

Seek Then Speak is a multilingual platform (web, phone, or mobile app) that provides victims and their support people with the tools they need to gather information, explore options, and take action. Victims can even begin the process of reporting directly to law enforcement and requesting supportive services. Seek Then Speak closes gaps in service delivery and promotes justice and healing.

In 2016, EVAWI began partnering with Ten8Tech, a technology firm that offers a cloud-based digital communication platform for law enforcement. Ten8Tech modified its patented technology to facilitate an interactive dialogue with victims of crime. With EVAWI’s subject matter expertise, Ten8Tech used this technology to launch Victim Link, a national platform for sexual assault reporting to law enforcement, victim advocacy, college campuses, and the military. The heart of Victim Link is the victim-focused portal Seek Then Speak, which empowers victims to connect directly with supportive services and reporting to authorities, but only when they are ready, at a time of their choosing.

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