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 Angie Albright. I am the Executive Director of the Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter and we are committed as an organization to believing anyone who calls us. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Janet Bunn. I am A victim advocate for domestic violence and IPV sexual assault at Fairchild AFB, WA. and we always start with believing the victim. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Pam Fone. I am a Domestic Violence Court Coordinator for Rutherford County Government. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Yvette. I am a survivor, I have learned that the more times I was not believed it opened the door for more abuse. Soon I stopped telling~ When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Alex Strotheide. I am survivor, a friend of survivors, and an advocate for survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Paul Mateeer. I am Minister 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 Cheryl. I am a rape crisis hotline advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennie. I am a RN, SANE and I have gotten great reviews from 2 classes I have taught recently starting them with the Start by believing video! Thank you :) When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lori. I am DV/SA transitional housing case manager 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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