"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 Davina Cannonier. I am currently a student at Dalhousie University studying Social Work. I genuinely care about how 'we' respond to victims of sexual violence When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode. I am Forensic Psychologist, Victim Advocate and a trained Forensic Interviewer and most of all someone who has survived and overcome being a victim of CSA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sandy Paquale. I am a survivor of domestic violence , attempted rape, suspected poisoning & murder for hire plot. The perp is still walkin the streets...believe it :( When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Thanh Bui-Duquette. I am a mom, a survivor, and a sexual assault victim advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly. I am a domestic and sexual violence family atorney. I commit to start by believing every survivor I represent. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Elyse. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a crime victims' advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jim Nelson. I am a School Resource Officer in a small rural community. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jenn Freitag. I am an activist, educator, academic and survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Belinda Merchant. I am Retired, and a survivor,I have been sexually abused and raped and I was not believed.When my daughter -C- was date raped I believed her I BELIEVE! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Roxanne. I am a Crisis Advocate for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and a survivor. It is so important to have support and to believe and have others believe. 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).