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.


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.

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.

The 2021 Start by Believing Day Social Media Toolkit offers graphics, suggested posts, and other useful resources. 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.


We are excited to share three new Start by Believing resources with you! Feel free to print and distribute these one-page flyers, or email them to your audience. The topics of these flyers include:


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

Submit Campaign


We can hardly believe it has been nearly ten years since we launched the first Start by Believing campaign at our 2011 International Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

In ten years, Start by Believing has made a profound difference in survivors’ lives, by:

  • Creating positive change in our communities
  • Improving responses to disclosures of sexual violence
  • Fostering a safe and supportive environment for survivors to disclose

Since its inception, 576 communities across the United States and around the world have participated in Start by Believing campaigns. Eight states have proclaimed their dedication to Start by Believing, and thousands of people have taken the Start by Believing pledge.

Let’s keep the momentum going! Join us for the annual Start by Believing Day event on April 7th, 2021. We have several exciting things in the works for our 10th anniversary – here is a sneak peek of what you can look forward to:

  • Pledge challenge – Who will win?!?
  • 10th anniversary social media toolkit – Find all the graphics you need!
  • Display materials – Fact sheets for you to take to in-person events
  • Small group trainings and meetings to stay connected
  • And a brand new Start by Believing video!

More information and details will follow – so check back for more information!

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