"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 Tashima Martin. I am Victim Advocate at the Solicitor office. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Danae Wells. I am on staff at a High School. I made my commitment at West Virginia's 12th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium and SART Summit. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Jenn Freitag. I am an activist, educator, academic and survivor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Scott. I am a sexual assault response coordinator for the Army and will always start by believing as this is a personal issue with me. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Melisa Mel. I am a Victim's Advocate, Victim Services volunteer, Special Education Teacher and a shelter volunteer When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Laura. I am a victim's advocate and educator. I see the hostility and doubt directed at victims, and I see how that affects them as they heal. It has to stop. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Ynana Zovich. I am someone who cares about how we respond to survivors of sexual assault. I work with S.A.V.E., a nonprofit that works to prevent child sexual abuse. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Joy. I am a sexual assault counselor. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I Start by Believing.
  • My name is Terrah Baker. I am a grant coordinator for OVW's Sexual Assault Services Program working with the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault. When someone tells me they were raped or sexually assaulted, I 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.
    
Start by Believing campaign proudly brought to you by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).