"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 deb kemmerling. I am a membership development coordinator for Girl Scouts When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Heather Crites, RN, BSN, CA-SANE. I am A certified Adult/adolescent Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Fort Worth, TX. I'm an active ED Registered Nurse and the SANE Supervisor at THFW When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mickie. I am a legal advocate. I care about all survivors of sexual assault/abuse. They deserve to be believed. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jacqulyn Thomas. I am a Staff Associate/Self-Advocate at Access Living believing in changing the world through ADVOCACY. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Em Westerlund. I am Community Systems Coordinator at PAVSA - Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault in Duluth, Minnesota. I am also a fierce feminist & friend. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Carmen Mendez. I am I am a victim assistance advocate - police based. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kendel. I am a sexual assault advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is John Novick. I am a Chemical Dependency Counselor. I am also an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jonathan. I am an ally. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Christine Castillo. I am the Executive Director of Verity. Sonoma County's rape crisis and trauma center. We will always believe! 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).