SBB IN ACTION
Orlando Police @OrlandoPolice Knowing how to respond to victims of sexual assault is critical. OPD pledges to always #startbybelieving
@TrumanMedKC: TMC thanks @MayorSlyJames for proclaiming April 6 #StartbyBelieving Day in @KCMO @MOCSAkc #sexualassaultawareness
Troy Police Dept. @TroyMI_Police Q: Who is responsible for rape? A: Rapists. It's that simple. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. #StartByBelieving
@EVAWintl: 3 simple responses to a disclosure of sexual violence: 1. I’m sorry 2. How can I help? 3. I believe you #StartbyBelieving
@ISUPD Officer Greiter dyed his hair teal for #StartbyBelieving Day. Who wore it better? Retweet for Officer Greiter
Halifax_Police @HfxRegPolice Our Sexual Assault Investigative Team took the #STARTBYBELIEVING pledge. They hope you’ll join them.
Spotlight on Palm Beach County, Florida
EVAWI is pleased to spotlight the great work on behalf of sexual assault survivors in Palm Beach County, Florida. With support from the State Attorney's Office, professionals throughout the county are adopting a Start by Believing philosophy and promoting positive change in many creative ways. read more
Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa
In April 2018, Family Resources, Survivor Services, a dual sexual assault and domestic violence services agency, began a Start by Believing campaign covering eight counties in the "quad cities" area of Illinois and Iowa. read more
IN THE NEWS
Prosecutor Clearly States that SLO County Starts by Believing
As a prosecutor of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, I know far too well that many survivors of these lurid crimes live with deep pain for decades, or for a lifetime, without telling anyone of the abuse. Sadly, there are many widely believed myths in society — our jury pools — that promote skepticism and cynicism towards those brave survivors who eventually report sexual abuse.
National Sexual Assault Expert Trains VT Law Enforcement
Dr. Kimberly Lonsway will train Vermont Law enforcement on best practices for working with sexual assault survivors. The statewide training will be held in Bolton Friday. Over 75 Vermont law enforcement officers, prosecutors victim advocates, and allied professionals are expected to attend the day-long training.
JOIN CITIES, COUNTIES AND STATES THAT START BY BELIEVING
The first Wednesday in April is Start by Believing Day!
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