By: Rick Blangiardi
This week more than a dozen of Hawaii's leading government and non-profit organizations announced Hawaii says "NO MORE," a historic effort to raise visibility, create awareness and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.
The local initiative is part of the national "no more" effort, launched in 2013. for the first time, hundreds of organizations across the country have come together under one symbol, one sign, one beacon: no more.
Hawaii says no more is an unprecedented effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault. end it! not just make a dent in it. end it!
Every day in our state more than 500 victims seek support from domestic violence programs. one in seven women are survivors of sexual assault. that's 67-thousand women. and yet these crimes are severely underfunded, under-researched, misunderstood and often on the margin of public concern.
More distressing, those impacted - our family, our neighbors, the guy you play basketball with - remain burdened by debilitating shame and stigma.