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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?


EVAWI appreciates and recognizes Ruger Firearms (Sturm, Ruger and Co. Inc.) for supporting the Start by Believing campaign by donating a handgun which was raffled by the Prescott Police Foundation. In addition to the handgun, the police officer winning the raffle received a Mitch Rosen belt, holster and magazine pouch. The raffle raised $1,000.00 which will be used to print Start by Believing materials that are distributed throughout the country.

Pictured (left to right): Prescott Police Foundation Board Member James McInerny, Prescott Chief of Police Jerald Monahan, 
and Prescott Police Foundation President Michael Broggie

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 Bobby. I am an Officer #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jason Gurson. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kayla Vernon. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tracy Acup . I am Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate, and Community Outreach Coordinator for Good Samaritan of the Ozarks, Pulaski County Missouri. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Michelle Brown. I am an advocate at the Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Diane La Mar.. I am psychotherapist in private practice in Columbia, MO. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Chelsie Williams. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brittany brooks. I am victim advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Otelia Vines. I am College Professor #RVAbelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Margaret . I am survivor of sexual assault, and my friends turned against me & the other girls, so I know what it's like to have people think you're lying. 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).