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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 R.M. Sessions. I am a detective for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sex Crimes Unit. I am a believer and will continue to fight the fight! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joseph T Guerrero. I am a coordinator of Parole Vctims Input Services. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Susan Jennifer Polese. I am I am domestic violence and sexual assault counselor-advocate and Clinical Mental Health Counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sheryl. I am ER/CCU Nurse. I promise to "start by believing" with each victim I come in contact with in the hospital setting. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Krescene Schneider-Beck. I am a believer! 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 Diane. I am a survivor of rape 42 years ago. I know how it feels to not be believed. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rev. Charmayne G. Davis. I am on staff at St. Paul AME Church in Stuart, FL. I am working on a Doctorate in Ministry degree in Clergy Sexual Misconduct & I Start by Believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Janie. I am A forensic nurse When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nancy Chesnut. I am a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate 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).