"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 Cydne. I am a mental health counselor, formerly a victim advocate. I am also a sexual assault survivor. I work to help victims become survivors and thrivers. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Connie. I am someone who cares. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kristi Dawes. I am A Shelter Coordinator for a domestic violence shelter. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Emily LeBlanc. I am a sexual assault counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brooke Hinojosa. I am the SAFVIC Program Services Specialist When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kelly Dominguez. I am Sexual Assault Response Coordinator - US Air Force When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jacqulyn Thomas. I am a Staff Associate/Self-Advocate at Access Living believing in changing the world through ADVOCACY. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anna Zweede. I am a community counselor for domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Megan. I am a medical advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rhea. I am a survivor who was believed the first time 'cause it was a neighbor, but not the next 'cause it was family. Funny all was done right the first time. 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).