HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Community leaders gathered in Waikiki on Wednesday to help raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault in the islands.
At the event, the Joyful Heart Foundation in collaboration with Hawaii News Now debuted dramatic new public service announcements as part of the "Hawaii Says No More" campaign.
According to the foundation, over 500 victims seek support from domestic violence programs every day in the islands. In addition, 1 in 7 women in Hawaii -- or about 67,000 women -- are survivors of sexual assault.
"These issues are widespread in all of our communities," said Maile Zambuto, the foundation's national executive director. She said these issues "cut across every social economic group and despite their prevalence, these are issues that people historically haven't wanted to talk about."
Hawaii News Now General Manager Rick Blangiardi and several members of HNN Sunrise donated their time to take part in the public service announcements.
The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded in 2004 by "Law & Order: SVU" actor Mariska Hargitay to help survivors of domestic violence.