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Our Lake Havasu Police Department adopted the 'Start by Believing" proclamation on October 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 Summer. I am a social worker for a law enforcement agency. I work with victims immediately following their assault. I wish for all victims to become thrivers! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danae Wells. I am on staff at a High School. I made my commitment 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 Laura Davis. I am a SANE in Albany, NY. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kathy McCoole. I am a victim advocate for the military. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cynthia Strand. I am the wife of Russell Strand (2012 Visionary Award winner). When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Karen Mortensen. I am a volunteer coordinator/advocate for The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors. We must stop blaming and judging victims. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Meg Tucker. I am an adjunct professor and PhD student as well as a victim of violent rape. When I was 17 years old I was attacked by a young man. Don't suffer alone. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Georgina Martinez. I am the 24hr Hotline & Sexual Assault Response Team & Volunteer Advocates Coordinator for Project Sister Family Services. Our entire agency BELIEVES... so When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Maria. I am a sexual assault resource services advocate, daughter, and friend. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Nina. I am a former student at the Pa Cyber Charter School Of PA. I am also a 10th grader. & I would like to help with all I can with this campaign.  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).