Start By Believing Day

Start by Believing Day is the first Wednesday of every April

Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence:

We hear you, and we are here to help.

What is it?

On this day, and every day, we seek to end the silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault. We Start by Believing.

Please join us in this global message of support for survivors.

Why April?

We chose this day to build on the momentum that began in April 2015, when State Representative Angela Romero sponsored a resolution to declare the first annual Start by Believing Day in Utah.

While many other communities and states have made similar proclamations, Utah’s resolution took the innovative step of establishing it as an annual event.

We can all help to create this international event, each and every year.

3rd Annual Start by Believing Day:
April 4, 2018

This year, we are particularly excited because the 3rd annual Start by Believing Day takes place on the 2nd day of our 2018 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Gender Bias. We will be gathered in Chicago, which brings us full circle on the campaign, since it was originally launched there at our 2011 international conference.

With more than 2,000 professionals attending the conference, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate Start by Believing Day and highlight campaigns and reforms from around the world.

But this day is not just for those who will be with us in Chicago! We have many exciting things planned for 2018. To stay informed and get involved, please join our mailing list or follow us on social media.

Where Do I Begin?

We have all the tools you need to get started, but the first step
is to make a personal pledge. It all starts with you.
Pledge to Start by Believing

Start a Movement

The personal action kit provides you with a number of ways to get involved with Start by Believing on an individual level.

Our community action kit offers guidance on how to get your community involved, as well as ideas and inspiration from other campaigns.

Also available are action kits for various professionals who have brought Start by Believing to their communities.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Start by Believing is that communities have the freedom to build their own campaigns – no two look exactly the same. We are amazed at the countless ideas communities have come up with. So don’t forget to tell us what you’re up to!

Also, check out our resources page for more information on how you can start a movement in your community.

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