Local Connection: Hawai'i Says No More

At Hawai'i News Now, we are proud partners of Hawai'i Says NO MORE, an unprecedented collaboration of individuals, programs and organizations across our state who together are taking action to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault.

The goal of Hawai?i Says NO MORE is to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation, and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawai?i. This is about our communities joining together to have these important – and often difficult – conversations.

On March 5, we will kick off Hawai'i Says NO MORE Week with events throughout the state raising visibility in public spaces, schools and universities, the media, organizations, corporations, and on social media.

Every day here in Hawai'i, more than 500 domestic violence survivors seek support from local programs and one in seven women in Hawai'i have experienced sexual assault or rape in their lifetime.

These are not just statistics. They're our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, aunties, uncles, neighbors and friends. If we talk about these issues, we can eliminate the silence and shame surrounding this violence.  The more light we shed on these issues the more we can reduce and ultimately end this violence. It's something we can all do; that's why Hawai'i Says NO MORE is about all of us.

For me personally, Hawai?i Says NO MORE is changing the attitudes, beliefs, ignorance, excuses, blame and shame that spent too much time on the light.

To all of that we say no more.

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