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, we gather 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.  We can all Start by Believing.

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

The focus for the 4th annual Start by Believing Day, which will take place on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, is a nationwide pledge drive. It was inspired by a campaign that took place in Central Virginia. As part of that campaign, 33 pledge stations were set up across the region, and over 1,600 pledges were collected from community members and criminal justice professionals. Let’s turn their initiative into a nationwide pledge challenge! There are plenty of ways to spread the message in your community. We know you’ll find the way that works best. Maybe you’ll reach out to local media to help spread the word. Or maybe you’ll use the powerful tool of social media. If you have a marketing budget, you might create billboards, or signs to post at bus stops, on taxicabs, even police cars. You may also use the same strategy as Central Virginia – setting up booths to provide SBB information and collect pledges. The options are endless, and as always, it’s all up to you.

Where To 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 Now


The following resources are available to assist you in your efforts on Start by Believing Day and throughout the year!

Our action kits offer tools to create real change, including successful examples from previous campaigns and ideas tailored for specific professional disciplines.

Change your social media profile picture or banner to highlight Start by Believing Day or include in your email signature.

Adapt this press release to announce your Start by Believing efforts to local media.

Tailor this proclamation template for your city/state/county/school to recognize Start by Believing Day or officially become the next Start by Believing City or State.

Use the prepared social media posts we’ve created. Make sure you use #StartbyBelieving so we can follow your efforts!

Print and display Start by Believing posters in high traffic areas around town.

Encourage people to take a selfie or video with the Start by Believing placard and post on social media.

No two campaigns look exactly the same. There are countless ways to spread the word. So please tell us what you’re up to!

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