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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 Mary DuFour Morrow. I am an assistant prosecuting attorney in Detroit, Michigan. We need to stop blaming the victim and, instead start ┬áby believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anne Sumpter-Brown. I am an RN and SANE-A. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brenda Gray-Ferland. I am advocate for sexually abused women and children When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Esther. I am a Social Worker helping survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence. I am a rape survivor and now an advocate for victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Dawn James. I am an advocate for victims of domestic violence and a survivor of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Laura. I am victim and a survivor. I work as a social worker and assist victims of domestic violence as well as sexual violence. Education is key. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sara. I am a Victim Advocate in the military. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Monika Wagner . I am a First Sergeant in the U.S. AF. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lando Voyles. I am the Pinal County Attorney & prosecute all felonies & most misdemeanors in Pinal County, including all rapes & sexual assaults against males & females. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sandy Goodwin. I am a Sexual Assault Advocate. Rape is about power and control. We must all work together to end domestic violence and sexual assault. 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).