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Canyon County Idaho Start by Believing Training and Proclamation Signing - April 20, 2015
4/17/2015
Denver 9NEWS Co-Anchor, Kyle Clark, makes commitment to Start by Believing
3/18/2015
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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 Jeff Petraco. I am a VCUHS RN. I was the director of statewide domestic violence and rape crisis services in another state. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Salem Zekavigos. I am a rape crisis center prevention educator. I made my pledge at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Deer. I am a law professor -- and a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Det. Travers. I am Richmond Police Major Crimes Detective #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jessica P.. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kendall. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brenda Stienger. I am a victim advocate at a rape crisis center. I made my commitment at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium and SART Summit When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Amy Landers. I am an employee of the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and my son is a sexual assault victim. I care and I will share my beliefs. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Terence Coyne. I am a Criminal Prosecutor in RI Dept of Attorney General. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Andrea. I am a survivor of stranger and acquaintance rape and incest. When women AND men tell me their were assaulted I believe them. 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).