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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?


Becoming a Start by Believing Nation

In 2011, we could not have imagined how broadly the campaign would be adopted, and how creative you would be in your efforts to spread the word. In less than five years, the campaign has been adopted by more than 130 communities here in the U.S. and others around the world. Four states have formally proclaimed their pledge to Start by Believing, and we are building momentum toward a national proclamation.

We will become a Start by Believing Nation.

Our next step is to join forces, and show the world our power to create change. On April 6th, 2016, we are declaring the first-ever, global Start by Believing Day. Please join us in creating an international message of support for sexual assault survivors.


Support this campaign and help us reach friends, family members, responding professionals, and others with this simple yet powerful message: Start by Believing!

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  • My name is Meg Hatch. I am an advocate and survivor of sexual assault and one of the most powerful actions was when I reported to the police, the officer believed me. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lauren. I am I am grateful for this campaign recognizing a huge problem that is happen even in high school now. Flirting isn't consent! Respect and compassion. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Linda Richards. I am a Forensic Nurse Examiner - SART Program Manager, San Jose Calif. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brian Tredemann. I am making this commitment at the 2012 EVAWI conference in San Diego! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jennifer Pierce. I am a child/adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioner and parent of a sexual violence survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mark James Keeley. I am a deacon in the Catholic Church and supporter of Help In Crisis , Tahlequah, OK, an advocacy group When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Darrius Williams. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is HEATHER. I am #RVABELIEVES When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Vickie Smith. I am the executive director of Illinois Domestic Violence Coalition. I am committed to ending gender based violence in our society. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Bradley gray. I am #rvabelieves :))) 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).