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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 Crystal. I am a believer that victims matter #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Debi. I am wife, mother, daughter, nurse and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Deborah. I am a woman and teacher. My grandmother, my sister, several of my friends and and a number of my students have experienced sexual violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Kayla Robey. I am #rvabelieves When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Carol. I am a crisis advocate, and I always believe someone when they say they are a survivor of sexual violence. Everyone START BY BELIEVING!!! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tammy Bowling. I am the Database coordinator for the Women's Resource Center. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Judy Hageman. I am a brave, persevering adult survivor of child molestation, adult rape and of domestic violence. I am someone who cares about how we respond to victims! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jill Blondin. I am someone who cares about students and their well being. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Mary Beth Lovett. I am sergeant with Spring Hill PD (TN). When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Heather palik. I am A mother, sister and daughter of a cycle of abuse. Sexual , physical and emotional. I'm now disabled and lost everything. Faith n grace is all I have. 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).