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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 Mary Murphy. I am a Prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA)Coordinator with HOPE in Craig, AK. I am also a survivor or DV & SA. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Cheryl Querry. I am the director of the SART in our area in Indiana, I am also a SANE-A and a forensic interviewer of children of abuse. I care for many reasons. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Shelly Whale-Murphy. I am a victims advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Andrea Sundberg. I am the Executive Director of the Nevada Coaltion Against Sexual Violence. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Tiffany Sharpe, RN. I am a nurse in the Emergency Department and also do sexual assault exams. When a patient tells me they were raped or assaulted, I Start By Believing! When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is BayLee. I am An advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Yolandaa. I am a Victim Witnesss Advocate and I believe. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Maureen. I am a Registered Nurse. I have 3 daughters. I have worked in many areas of health care, including the Emergency Dept. I am an advocate. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Robert. I am in law enforement asigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. I investigate reports of DV in which many of them involve sexual assault relationships. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jill. I am a crisis counselor working with individuals, family, and friends impacted by sexual violence. 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).