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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 Kim. I am a public educator. I explain the harm of sexual assault myths to my community. I encourage them to resist rape culture and to start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sarah Frank. I am A survivor, a student and a woman who lives for other women. I start by believing because I know what it is to survive and to empower. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Alison Endicott-Quinones. I am an Assistant District Attorney and a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Erin McKelle. I am an activist, student and artist. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jen. I am a volunteer advocate at the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ethel. I am a bilingual advocate that works with victims of sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Angie Stovall. I am the Crisis Services Coordinator for Family Support Services in Amarillo, TX. I provide intervention, advocacy, validation for survivors of DV and SA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ginny Waller. I am the Executive Director of a rape crisis center in South Carolina and a survivor. I didn't think anyone believed me, even those I trusted the most. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jacqueline Manley. I am the Director of DV & SA Programs. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Hillary Kevilus. I am the Sexual Assault Victim Services Coordinator in Wood County, Wisconsin. I am a survivor myself. No one believed me when I told so I do better. 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).