Please join us a for a Start By Believing media event at the Fit & Fearless Gym located at 2800 S. IH-35, Suite 100, Austin, TX. 78704 on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:30 am.

In 2015 only 9% of sexual assault victims in the state of Texas reported the crime to law enforcement. Our message is simple. We want men & women who have been assaulted to know that they are not to blame for what happened and as a Law Enforcement agency, we will start by believing their story then investigate the case to its fullest, pursuing justice on their behalf.

The Start by Believing campaign was developed by End Violence Against Women International is a public awareness campaign designed to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Fit & Fearless as we participate in this year’s campaign.

Representatives from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office will speak to our commitment to this cause and the importance of survivors coming forward for the sake of themselves and our communities. Our partner in this initiative, Fit and Fearless will conduct a self-defense workshop designed to re-instill confidence in survivors and teach self-defense to all participants.

*Source: The University of Texas at Austin Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault school of Social Work - Texas Statewide Sexual Assault Prevalence Study.


Roger Wade

Senior Public Information Officer

Travis County Sheriff’s Office

Office 512-854-4986

Pager 512-935-1162

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