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Start by Believing San Antonio

What will your reaction be when someone comes to you?

About the Campaign

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. Now, we’re bringing this campaign to San Antonio.

Your Response Matters

Because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, each individual’s personal reaction is the first step in a long path toward justice and healing. Knowing how to respond is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes.

Because rapists attack an average of six times, one failed response can equal five more victims. Start by Believing will lead the way toward stopping this cycle by creating a positive community response, informing the public, uniting allies and supporters, and improving our personal reactions. The goal is to change the world—and outcomes for victims—one response at a time.

Share your experience of being believed or not believed.

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Pledges Made

Community members taking a stand

  • Mayor Ivy R. Taylor
  • The Monarch Project
  • Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (District 3)
  • Councilman Ray Lopez (District 6)
  • Councilman Chris Medina (District 7)
  • Southwest Workers Union

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The #metoo movement is a testament to the reality and reach of sexual violence in our communities. Thank you to those who are participating in solidarity and showing that no one is alone in this. Fo...

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Here are some of the beautiful people in volunteer training currently. These ladies all took the pledge to start by believing. We are so proud of you all! #satxbelieves #startbybelieving

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We had a great time last week at UTSA's “Sexual Harassment Through the Lens: It Should Make You Shudder” event! Thank you to Beaks Up Speak Up for including us!

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This pledge came in all the way from League City, TX! Thank you Lisa for your support and for taking the pledge to start by believing!
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Jenn Tristan

Director of Education and Training

Email: sbb@rapecrisis.com

National site: startbybelieving.org