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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 Lynne. I am survivor and an advocate for other survivors. I work in a sexual assault crisis center. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Josh. I am I am a family member and friend of 2 victims of date rape drug attacks. I start by believing. There is injustices in the world to stop by believing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Becki Jordan. I am the Director of Development at Someplace Safe in West Central MN, and a survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jena Martin. I am a Student RN, working towards a career in Emergency nursing care. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sandra L. Brown. I am Director of Institute for Relational Harm Reduction. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Donna Nicolls. I am a counselor at The Bahamas Crisis Centre and I always believe. 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 Matthew Sobieski. I am a Deputy Chief with the Cook County Adult Probation Department. In my current assignment I have contact with victims of domestic violence/SA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jessica. I am a graduate student studying forensic psychology. I interned at a rape crisis center and am a certified rape crisis counselor. I have been raped. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Michelle Harban. I am a SANE. 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).