Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence:

We hear you, and we are here to help.

What is it?

On this day, we gather to end the silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault. We Start by Believing.

Please join us in this global message of support for survivors.

Why April?

We chose this day to build on the momentum that began in April 2015, when State Representative Angela Romero sponsored a resolution to declare the first annual Start by Believing Day in Utah.

While many other communities and states have made similar proclamations, Utah’s resolution took the innovative step of establishing it as an annual event.

We can all help to create this international event, each and every year.  We can all Start by Believing.


We have all the tools you need to get started, but the first step is to make a personal pledge. It all starts with you.

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The following resources are available to assist you in your efforts on Start by Believing Day and throughout the year!

Our action kits offer tools to create real change, including successful examples from previous campaigns and ideas tailored for specific professional disciplines.

Change your social media profile picture or banner to highlight Start by Believing Day or include in your email signature.

Tailor this proclamation template for your city/state/county/school to recognize Start by Believing Day or officially become the next Start by Believing City or State.

The 2022 Start by Believing Day Social Media Toolkit offers graphics, suggested posts, and other useful resources. Make sure you use #StartbyBelieving so we can follow your efforts!

Print and display Start by Believing posters in high traffic areas around town.

Encourage people to take a selfie or video with the Start by Believing placard and post on social media.

We are excited to share three new Start by Believing resources with you! Feel free to print and distribute these one-page flyers, or email them to your audience. The topics of these flyers include:

No two campaigns look exactly the same. There are countless ways to spread the word. So please tell us what you’re up to!

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7th Annual Start by Believing Day Wednesday, April 6, 2022

The theme for Start by Believing Day 2022 is connecting with our communities, and we can’t wait to showcase your events and activities. Below are just a few of the things we have planned, but make sure to let us know what you’re up to!

Video Challenge

Make your own Start by Believing video for TikTok, Instagram, or Facebook. We will be posting these videos on our social media channels throughout the month of April. Then at the end of the month, the top three videos will be spotlighted with special recognition.

Submit your video here!

Poster Project

EVAWI designed a series of posters to help you connect with diverse populations. These posters can be displayed at local businesses, community centers, beauty parlors, barber shops, churches, bars, restaurants – anywhere you can think of!

Check out the posters here.

Survivor Art

Survivors will also be invited to submit photographs of their art for EVAWI to showcase. This may include photographs of drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more! These photographs will be featured on our Instagram account throughout the month of April.

Submit your art here.

Sky’s the Limit!

These are just ideas, but you are certainly not limited to this – you can spread awareness about Start by Believing in whatever ways you want, to connect with your community! Make sure to post your efforts on social media, and use #StartbyBelieving!

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