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Start by Believing: Participation of Criminal Justice Professionals

This training bulletin addresses the question of whether participation of criminal justice professionals compromises the ability of police and prosecutors to remain objective, potentially opening them up to attacks by defense counsel and/or losing cases at trial.

Start by Believing to Improve Response to Sexual Assault & Prevent Gender Bias

In this training bulletin, prosecution expert Herb Tanner delves into questions that have been raised with the philosophy of Start by Believing, and other victim-centered and trauma-informed approaches. In particular, he addresses one specific manner of attack: Defense cross-examination aimed at exposing the law enforcement investigation of a sexual assault as biased.

Evaluating the Impact of a Public Awareness Campaign Designed to Change the Community Response to Sexual Assault

This article in Sexual Assault Report explores the impact of positive social support after a disclosure of sexual assault. Authors Dr. Kim Lonsway and Sgt. (Ret.) Joanne Archambault then provide an overview of EVAWI’s Start by Believing Campaign, by highlighting local campaigns and their impact.

Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault

This article in Police Chief Magazine provides a detailed overview of the Start by Believing campaign, includes the history, community examples, and the potential impact of the campaign.

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