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NO MORE

 

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NO MORE is more than a slogan.

You may have seen TV commercials recently using the phrase NO MORE.  The NFL is currently running ads in which football players are saying NO MORE to domestic violence.

We appreciate them taking this action, for bringing domestic violence out of the shadows and for standing up against this invisible problem.

What you may be surprised to know that this is not a new campaign. The NO MORE campaign really began in 2009.

You may also be surprised to know that NO MORE is supported by major organizations such as Kimberly-Clark, Verizon Foundation, and Allstate Foundation.   Public figures and actors such as Katie Couric, Blair Underwood, Mariska Hargitay and Debra Messing have been featured on posters showing their support of NO MORE.

NO MORE, in all capital letters, is a symbol designed to give awareness and promote action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  The “O” in NO is a blue circle to represent a zero, as in a goal of zero instances of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The NO MORE symbol was “developed because despite the significant progress that has been made in the visibility of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems affecting millions remain hidden and on the margins of public concern.” This is from the NO MORE website.

“NO MORE calls on all of us together to end the silence and speak out against the violence experienced by people of all genders, races and ethnicities, and age groups.”

The NFL chose NO MORE to break the silence and spotlight this invisible problem in a new way.  Eli Manning and Troy Vincent are prominently featured on the commercials speaking out against domestic violence.

And it’s not just the NFL.  Organizations such as the Jewish Women International and the YWCA have partnered with NO MORE for years to show their support.

What does all this mean to you?  The NO MORE website has some interesting statistics.

“The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men 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 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 1 in 2 women and 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 real people.  You may work with one or live next door to one.  One may be in your family or go to your church.

And these aren’t just national statistics.  These statistics also are representative of Erie, PA.

To learn more about domestic violence, contact SafeNet, Erie’s only Accredited Domestic Violence Agency.  Visit our website at www.safeneterie.org or call SafeNet at 814-455-1774 or learn more about Sexual Assault at the Crime Victim Center website: www.cvcerie.org

If you’d like to follow the NFL’s lead, spread the word about NO MORE. Talk about these issues.  Break the silence. Speak out.

If you’d like to become more involved, contact SafeNet about volunteering and donating opportunities.

It’s time for Erie to say NO MORE.

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