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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 Rosanne Morphy. I am a Domestic Violence Court case worker who works with survivors. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ynana Zovich. I am someone who cares about how we respond to survivors of sexual assault. I work with S.A.V.E., a nonprofit that works to prevent child sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rachelle. I am a mom, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, a neighbor, a friend, a partner, a co-worker, and an advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jim Nelson. I am a School Resource Officer in a small rural community. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Louise. I am a survivor of long term childhood sexual abuse. I now volunteer for a suicide helpline and also a child helpline. I am a psychology student. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Marilyn Voorhees. I am a Medical / Legal Advocate for a rape crisis center in IL. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Adam Hall. I am I believe that violence against women is also a man's issue and men must start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is JJ Hulsebus, SANE RN. I am a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I am one of the first people a victim comes into contact with. I am a vehicle on their road to healing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Aurelia Sands Belle. I am a long-time professional in the field and a passionate advocate. It remains my personal commitment to continue to speak up. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debbie S. Swader. I am Court 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).