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Your response makes the difference. 

When someone tells you they were raped or sexually assaulted, knowing how to respond is critical. A negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face no consequences for their crimes.

Start by Believing stops this cycle by improving our personal and professional reactions. [1]

Wyoming's 2018 State Start by Believing Proclamation

Wyoming Survivors Share

Why It's Important to Start by Believing:  

Wyoming Survivors share why SBB matters to them: 

What did it mean, or what would it mean to you,

if the first person you told, believed you?

Start By Believing Resources:

[1] Resources for this campaign were originally developed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), and can be found on their website here:


This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-WR-AX-0011 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

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