"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 Mary Reynolds. I am a clinical social worker. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Gretchen . I am a Victim Advocate, & when someone comes forward & reports a sexual battery, I start from this perspective: I start by Believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kathy. I am A survivor, and also the mother of a survivor.. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sie . I am the mother of a sexual assault victim, when someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jan Derry. I am an Executive Director and SART member. I made my pledge at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault/Stalking Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennifer Olsen. I am Victim Advocate and a Survivor When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Linda Ogden. I am I am someone who cares about these victims and how sexual assault is reported, investigated, and prosecuted. I plan to enter forensics and SANE. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Amos Gainey. I am a Detective Sergeant in a Sex Crimes Unit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joseph Idris Ifunga. I am Someone who cares how we respond to victims. and I'm temporarily in South Africa. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Rene Boone. I am a Victim Advocate with Palm Beach County Victim Services Rape Crisis Center and have been working in the field of Sexual Violence for 20 years and 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).