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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 Judy Smith. I am the director of a rape crisis center. 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 Gina . I am A law student interested in how we as a society respond to victims of sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Brittney. I am As a victim advocate I will always start by believing. The victims I work with will receive my full attention and belief. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joan Boyd. I am a Family Violence Outreach Advocate. I encounter alot of women that have been sexually assaulted. I act as support staff to the Rape Counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Claire Nelli. I am a Sexual Assault Examiner SANE-A, owner of Independent Forensic Services in San Diego, Member of SART of San Diego County. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lisa. I am Sex Crimes, Abuse and Neglect Investigator. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Erica Madrigal. I am a college student and think that everyone who has been sexually abused should have a voice. I vow to start by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Shannon Jose. I am an Advocate for the Tohono O'odham Nation Domestic Violence Program. I care deeply how we respond to victims, I start by believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ellen S.. I am a SANE nurse. I start believing when someone tells me that they have been raped or sexually assaulted. We're there for you 24/7 every day of the year. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Suzanne Shurling. I am a survivor, a member of the Sexual Assault Student Educators & a volunteer Victim's Advocate at the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center. 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).