I think I was sexually assaulted.
I don't know what to do.
I am sorry this happened to you.
I work for the rape crisis center,
and I'm here to help.
I was raped. I told the police.
They questioned what happened,
and that made me question myself.
I am sorry this happened to you,
and you didn't feel supported.
I'm a nurse, and I'm here to help.
I think I was raped by someone
I met at a bar last night.
I’m sorry this happened to you. As a police officer, I am here to help. What are you able to tell me about it?
I am in the Army. I was sexually assaulted,
but no one believes me,
because soldiers are trained to fight.
I believe you. I’m a victim advocate for the military, and I can help you.
My friend sent me a picture of two guys
having sex with me at a party,
but I don’t remember any of it.
I am so sorry. I am here for you.
How can I help?
As few as one in five victims report their sexual assault, so they often don’t get the help they need. Without a report, law enforcement misses the chance to identify perpetrators in their community, repeat offenders go undetected, and more people are victimized.
In the 10 years since we launched Start by Believing, the campaign has made a profound difference in survivors’ lives, by fostering a safe and supportive environment for survivors to disclose.
Hundreds of communities have participated in campaigns, several states have formally proclaimed their commitment, and thousands of individuals have taken the pledge to Start by Believing.
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