"Let your children know that we start by believing"
5/8/2014
New Times investigates local sexual assault cases from report to prosecution, and the lack thereof
5/7/2014
Police Chief Magazine: Start by Believing: Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault
5/1/2014
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There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for "bringing it on yourself."

It should be the same with sexual violence. But all too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change.

Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


Won’t you join us?



Start by Believing
was created without any external funding from grants or corporate sponsors.

Support this campaign and help us reach friends, family members, responding professionals, and others with this simple yet powerful message:  Start by Believing!


  • My name is Taneil Green-Way. I am making this commitment at the 2012 EVAWI conference in San Diego! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Carla Oglesby. I am Violent Crime Against Women Detective for Anderson Police Department. Anderson, S.C. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danielle Lucksted. I am a student, a woman, and my university's VAWA Grant intern. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joe McCall. I am a Healthy Relationship Instructor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Andrea Boone. I am a Social worker/ advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Montserrat. I am an advocate. I use the power of my voice to speak out against harmful victim blaming. I support and believe. Si se puede! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Margaret Sharon Olscamp. I am I am a visual artist and writer who believes that the best way to help victims of sexual abuse is to help them gain sustainable economic independence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Laurel RN, ARNP, CCRN, CEN. I am a registered nurse and certified ED Nurse in the 2nd largest metro hospital in the U.S. I am a patient advocate and a believer When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tricia F. I am a Transitional Housing Specialist who works with women of domestic and sexual violence on a daily basis. I am also the mother of two daughters. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Yoni Z.. I am An advocate & activist ready to educate the community so we can end sexual assault & domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
    
Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).