'Hawaii Says NO MORE' to end domestic violence, sexual assault

'Hawaii Says NO MORE' to end domestic violence and sexual assault

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Over a dozen of Hawaii's leading government and non-profit organizations announced a new statewide initiative, Hawaii Says NO MORE, an unprecedented effort to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.

Child and Family Service, the Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Human Services, Parents And Children Together, Catholic Charities and the Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter are only some of the groups across the state that are leading Hawaii Says NO MORE.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are two of the most widespread problems in our communities. The numbers are similar to other parts of the nation and staggering. In our state, 50,000 women are victims of domestic violence each year. On average, every day, over 500 victims seek support from domestic violence shelters. 1 in 7 women in Hawaii are survivors of sexual assault, that's 67,000 women.

The launch of the new initiative comes during "Hawaii Says NO MORE Week," which runs March 8-15 and includes efforts and events across the state. A new website, www.HawaiiSaysNOMORE.org has been created to promote the campaign, educate the public and engage the community. In honor of Hawaii Says NO MORE Week, Honolulu Hale and the IBM building, part of Ward Village, will light their respective buildings the NO MORE blue color all week.

Statewide, supporters are encouraged to download the Hawaii Says NO MORE Challenge sign from the website, write why they are saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault and upload a "selfie" with their sign to their social media with the hashtag #HawaiiSaysNOMORE. A selfie station has been set up at Red Pineapple at Ward Center for the entire week.

The local initiative is part of a national effort, NO MORE, launched in 2013. Peace has the peace sign; the red ribbon demands action for AIDS; the pink ribbon has changed how we think about breast cancer. Now, for the first time, hundreds of organizations across the country and our state, including the U.S. Department of Justice, companies, celebrities and influencers, universities and communities have come together under one symbol, one sign, one beacon: NO MORE.

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