Start by Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault
8/19/2015
Start By Believing - Changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in Idaho
8/19/2015
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8/19/2015
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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 R.A. wiggins. I am I am a Sergeant with the Durham Police Department assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Carla Oglesby. I am Violent Crime Against Women Detective for Anderson Police Department. Anderson, S.C. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mary Catharine Kolbert. I am chair of the board of directors of Safe Harbor, a nonprofit that helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is DOMINQUE. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is shruti. I am able to help you When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jessica Sheftel. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kevin Nguyen. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debby Mize. I am the Director of Prevention for a DV agency. I believe through education we can empower people to seek peace. It will happen when we let it. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Amanda K.. I am i will start by believing and allowing people to come to me for help! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is James Howard. I am a Domestic Violence Investigator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
    
 

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Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).