So what is No More Week? And why should you care?
Despite all the progress being made in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems often remain hidden from public view. When seen, they are frequently treated as isolated incidents. They are misunderstood (“what was she wearing?”) or mislabeled (“he has anger management issues”).
Until recently, they have not been a matter of significant public concern… which is really surprising when you consider that over half of all Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. Yet as recently as 2013, two out of three Americans had not discussed these problems with their friends… and three out of four parents had never discussed it with their children.
Change is long overdue and all signs indicate that increased conversation is the key. If we can break the silence, if we can talk openly and honestly about domestic violence and sexual assault, it will make it easier to help victims. It will cast needed light into the shadows and slowly but surely change our culture for the better.
If you ask why you should make an effort to do something uncomfortable, to speak up against the violence, well the answer is simple… because it’s happening to someone you know:
- 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
- 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization
These are not numbers. They’re our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers, neighbors and friends. They’re the person you confide in most at work, the guy you have lunch with, the people in your book club, your teenager’s best friend – or even your own teen. If we talk about these issues the silence and shame can end for good.
There are endless ways you can help spread the word about No More.
Learn about these issues and talk openly about them. Break the silence. Speak out. Seek help when you see this problem or harassment of any kind in your family, your community, your workplace or school.
Help raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault by sharing the No More symbol and message. Share with everyone you know. Facebook it. Tweet it. Instagram it. Pin it. Talk about it with those in your life.
For the next seven days, A Woman’s Place will be talking about it every day. We hope you’ll join us. Because seriously. No More.