Police will “start by believing”

Police say they realize that many sexual assault victims may not report an attack due to fear they won’t be believed.

So Halifax Regional Police says its officers have now taken a pledge promising that investigators will “start by believing” and will provide support and a safe environment. It has also launched a social media initiative encouraging people to sign a pledge stating that when someone reveals that they have been raped or sexually assaulted, they also will start by believing.