Arizona is the First Start by Believing State!
4/16/2014
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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 to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.


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  • My name is Nicole. I am survivor and a counselor for sexual assault victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly Howell. I am a policy and training coordinator for law enforcement. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tiffany Sharpe, RN. I am a nurse in the Emergency Department and also do sexual assault exams. When a patient tells me they were raped or assaulted, I Start By Believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is djouher. I am Receptionist and i know many woman victime of sexual violence but unlik other countries in our countrie women suffer in silence they can not reporte . When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Alyssa. I am a Rape Response advocate and a survivor of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Linda Manning. I am a psychologist, a professor who teaches about trauma, a friend of several survivors, and someone who cares about how we respond to victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karen Cope. I am presently a sexual assault advocate. I have also worked as a therapist in a different country working with adult survivors of sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Fatima. I am a survivor of clergy sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Trish Dever. I am a public relations professional in support of the "Start by Believing" campaign. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Marjolein Mann. I am a socialist and an activist, and I have a close personal relationship with a male survivor. I see the permanent damage that not-believing can lead to. 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).
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