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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTS

Old Dominion University Launches Bold Campaign

After months of planning and preparation, Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA, launched a campus wide Start by Believing Campaign shortly after students returned to class in September. The beginning of the school year, commonly known as the Red Zone, is a high-risk time for campus sexual assault among first- and second-year students. ODU is leading the way by ensuring students, faculty, and staff are prepared to respond with support and empathy. read more

St. Louis Turns Teal for Start by Believing Day

The YWCA Metro St. Louis, along with St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and 17 area hospitals, spearheaded a brand new Start by Believing campaign that turned the city teal! The Wheel at St. Louis Union Station, the Civil Courts Building, the Planetarium, and libraries through the county lit up in honor of Start by Believing Day. read more

IN THE MEDIA


After The Assault Podcast

After The Assault is a podcast from Capital Public Radio that aims to change the conversation around sexual violence to better support survivors seeking healing and justice. Host Sammy Caiola helps listeners understand survivor experiences in the aftermath of sexual violence and during police investigations. And they explore a crucial question: How can sexual assault survivors find a path to healing even when justice isn’t served? read more

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The Power of a Survivor-Centered Process

One brave student survivor, Brie Sivy, first brought Start by Believing to the campus of Ohio University. This gripping 30-minute documentary shows Brie’s journey from victim to survivor, to aspiring social worker. It powerfully illustrates the effects of trauma on memory, and shows the positive impact possible when police and advocacy work together with a common goal. read more

START BY BELIEVING EVENTS

Campaign Spotlight: Old Dominion University

After months of planning and preparation, Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA, launched a campus wide Start by Believing Campaign shortly after students returned to class in September 2021. The beginning of the school year, commonly known as the Red Zone, is a high-risk time for campus sexual assault among first- and second-year students. ODU is leading the way by ensuring students, faculty, and staff are prepared to respond with support and empathy. During this presentation, Chief Rhonda Harris, Assistant Vice President of Public Safety & Chief of Police, and Maureen Evans, Clery Compliance Coordinator, provided insight into how they were able to plan and implement their new campaign.


Start by Believing: 10 Years and Counting:

This live event was an emotional and inspiring journey with three sexual assault survivors sharing their stories. We witnessed the devastating harms survivors experience when they are not believed or supported, and the life-changing benefits when they are. We also heard from a retired sex crimes sergeant, reflecting why this message is so important – both for survivors, but also for law enforcement and other professionals.


The Story Behind Athlete A: The Heroes Who Took Down Larry Nassar

This event provided an in-depth discussion with the heroes who exposed the biggest sexual abuse cover-up in sports history. We heard from Rachael Denhollander, the first woman to publicly name Larry Nassar, and Mark Alesia, a member of the team of reporters that inspired her to come forward. Angela Povilaitis, the lead prosecutor, and Lieutenant Andrea Munford, the lead investigator, also shared the strategies used to convict this prolific predator.


10 Years of Start by Believing: The Communities Behind the Movement

This event featured Survivor/Advocate Kimberly Corban, who recounted how her life was irrevocably changed when a stranger broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. Weld County Colorado District Attorney Michael J. Rourke detailed the investigation and prosecution of her attacker. We also heard from seven inspiring leaders whose communities are embracing the Start by Believing message, paving the way for long-lasting systemic reforms to provide access for survivors.



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