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For survivors of sex assault, rape the best thing you can do is believe

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Only one in five rapes are reported to law enforcement. Even fewer are prosecuted.  It’s time to end this cycle of silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault.

The Start By Believing Campaign focuses on the public’s response to sexual assault. It’s a simple idea that has a huge impact; when someone says they’ve been sexually assaulted, start by believing them.

Most often a sexual assault victim will confide in a friend or family member first and how that person reacts determines, in large part, what happens next.

It all starts with you. Make your personal commitment to Start by Believing today.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the toll-free Statewide 24-hour Sexual Violence Crisis and Information Hotline at 1-888-421-1100. Click here for a list of other resources.

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