Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, we though it was fitting to SpotLight an amazing (albeit American) project that is going on right now. While the focus at 1 in Four is primarily on local services and action, this is such a big and great idea, so very in line with our own thinking, that we couldn't pass up the opportunity to share it with all of you. See how you can "Be in the kNOw". Say No More and together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.
NO MORE is a simple idea with the power to unleash new, major attention to the people all around us who are hurt – directly or indirectly — by domestic violence and sexual assault every day and every minute. We all know someone who has been touched by this violence but still, domestic violence and sexual assault remain hidden and misunderstood.
NO MORE shines a spotlight on these issues. Each of us can use NO MORE to stop the stigma, shame and silence for good. Like the peace sign, the “support our troops” ribbon or the AIDS ribbon, our goal is to use the NO MORE symbol to help unify all people and organizations who want to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
NO MORE was created by 50 individuals from many different backgrounds who were frustrated by the fact that even though domestic violence and sexual assault are devastatingly pervasive and widespread– impacting rich, poor, young , old, male, female, white, brown, black, from every region and religion– they aren’t a priority in this ( author's edit: or any) country.
It’s time to change that. It’s time to say NO MORE.
Why should I care?
The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:
- 1 in 4 women experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
- 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
- 1 in 6 women are survivors of sexual assault.
- 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
These are not numbers.
They’re our mothers, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers and friends.
They’re the person you confide in most at work, the guy you play basketball with, the people in your book club, your poker buddy, your teenager’s best friend – or your teen, herself.
The silence and shame must end for good.
(information taken from www.nomore.org )by