Statewide campaign 'Hawaii says NO MORE' raises awareness of domestic abuse, sexual assault

Published: Mar. 7, 2016 at 2:26 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2016 at 4:22 PM HST
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A statewide campaign is growing in Hawaii to raise awareness and to stop domestic abuse. Wearing an aqua blue circle pin with a hole in the middle shows your support of this effort. It is called "Hawaii says 'no more'". Kata Issari from the Hawaii region Joyful Heart Foundation, along with Stacey Moniz from "Women helping Women" of Maui and Lanai came onto Sunrise to talk about the campaign.

Issari says "Hawaii Says NO MORE" is our own version of the national NO MORE campaign. We are challenging the attitudes and behaviors that lead to this violence and promote local values that reflect aloha, respect and our connections through 'ohana. "Hawai'i Says 'NO MORE'" is an unprecedented effort to raise awareness and encourage conversation to break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. It's a commitment, a vision, a line drawn—and most of all, a call to action."

Moniz pointed out, "The statistics are alarming, here in Hawaii: 1 in 7 women have been raped in their lifetimes...And yet these crimes are severely under-funded, under-researched, misunderstood and don't get the public attention they deserve."

Honolulu Hale will be lit up in aqua blue this week in support of the effort.

There is also a free "talk story" event on March 8, 2016 at 2pm to 4 pm at the Manoa Grand Ballroom at the Japanese Cultural Center that is open to the public. New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich will be the keynote speaker.

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