April 6, 2016 N/A
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.
If interested go to http://www.startbybelieving.org/ for more information.
You can also print the image bellow and write you believing story and drop it by our office in Cave Junction. We also have additional copies at the Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance. Those who come in will receive a free ribbon for sexual assault awareness month.