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Start By Believing

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Police Department and city have taken steps to spread the word!

In 2018, the Police Department joined the “Start by Believing” campaign, which encourages everyone to treat sexual assault victims with more consideration and care.

The global campaign began in 2011 by End Violence Against Women International. They found that many victims of sexual assault never talk about or report the crime. When they do, the victims face doubt and blame, rather than compassion and support. This often prevents the victim from seeking help through the justice system.

You can help by making a pledge to “Start by Believing.” Just go to and fill out the electronic form.