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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 Corbin Loflin. I am the Director/Founder and President of New Hope Crisis Services, Inc. and a victim/survivor of sexual assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Selena Rachelle. I am a counselor at a rape crisis center. I see the damage done to women when they reach out for help & find none. Believing is the first step to healing. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Katelyn Wood. I am Attending the WV 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium/SART Summit and I made my pledge to "Start by believing" When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is A.M. I am a Victim Service Worker at a Rape Crisis Centre. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Bernadine. I am a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault crisis counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Sandy. I am a police officer and I have discovered that truth is stranger than fiction. Victims deserve respect and they deserve to be believed. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ronald K Reid. I am Police Detective. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Wendy Navarro. I am a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence advocate When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Anissa Luja. I am a Victim Advocate a Rape Crisis of Central New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Lisa in Livonia. I am a sexual assault survivor. I know what you did last summer and on 1-1-11. No one has the right to drug and brutally rape me! I will take you down. 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).