"Start by Believing" works to improve response to sexual assault

Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 23:07:50-04

Students, professors, police and prosecutors in Canyon County are hoping to improve public response to sexual assaults.

It's part of a national campaign called "Start by Believing." The College of Western Idaho spearheaded an effort to teach friends and family how to better respond to sex crime victims and help police build a case against the attacker.

Experts say the first person a victim confides in after an attack is usually someone close to them. The campaign displays clothing sexual assault victims wore at the time of their attack in an effort to dispel beliefs that what the victim was wearing may have prompted the assault.