What is Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE?

NO MORE is a national public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is our local version of this inspiring initiative, through which we challenge the mindset and behaviors that lead to this violence in Hawaiʻi.

Using the signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE seeks to end the stigma, shame and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault. We invite everyone throughout our state to come together to say NO MORE.

How did Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE start?

The idea for the national NO MORE effort was sparked in 2009, in recognition that despite the significant progress made in the work to address domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems still affect millions and too often remain hidden–on the margins of public concern. The national NO MORE initiative launched in 2013, to learn more visit www.nomore.org.

Here in Hawaiʻi, leaders from the state’s domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, as well as key government offices and community leaders, came together in January of 2014 to develop a Hawaiʻi-specific campaign.  For the first time ever, we have formed a coalition of non-profits, government, military, the private sector and individuals collaborating to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our state.

What is the purpose of Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE?

The individuals and groups that organized Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE created the following Statement of Purpose.

Statement of Purpose

Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is a collaboration of individuals, programs and organizations around Hawaiʻi who are taking action to increase awareness and visibility to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is part of the NO MORE national initiative, which is exemplified by a signature blue vanishing point originated from the concept of a zero – as in “no more” domestic violence and sexual assault anywhere in our relationships, families and communities.

Our values as a community reflect aloha (love, affection, kindness), pono (goodness, respect, equity) and ʻohana (family, connections). Violence does not reflect these values and Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE.

We acknowledge that the first people of these islands are Native Hawaiians, who have provided the foundation for the ways we relate to each other in our values and practices. We are committed to reflecting the unique cultural context and history of Hawaiʻi and all of its people in our Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE initiative.

The goal of Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation, and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawaiʻi. By increasing visibility and dialogue we honor the values we hold as a community by changing social norms, improving public policies and generating resources to address this significant social problem in our community.

Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE. Together we can prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault across Hawaiʻi.

What will Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE do?

Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is available to anyone who wants to engage in talking about these issues to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in our state and throughout the country.

Our vision is that Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE will be visible throughout the state in public spaces, the media, organizations, corporations and on social media. When domestic violence or sexual assault makes media headlines, Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE will be tweeted, posted on Facebook, shared on Instagram, discussed in classrooms, offices and grocery stores across the state. All of us together can bring an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Get the symbol today and start showing your support.

Why should I care about Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE?

The next time you’re in a room with friends or discussing important issues with your family, think about this:

  • 1 in 7 women in Hawai’i are sexually assaulted
  • Over 500 domestic violence survivors seek support from programs every day in Hawai’i
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives*

These are not just statistics. They’re our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, aunties, uncles, neighbors and friends. They’re the person you confide in most at work, the guy you play basketball with, your high school classmate, the people in your faith community, your teenager’s best friend–or your own teen. If we talk about these issues the silence and shame can end for good. That’s something we can all do; that’s why Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE is about all of us.

*Looking for the citations for these stats? Click here.

What does the symbol mean?

vanishing-point-iconTHE VANISHING POINT ICON

Far more than an ordinary blue circle, the vanishing point is a powerful and positive icon that visually captures the meaning of Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE.  It originated from the concept of a zero – as in zero incidences of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The smaller, inner circle of the vanishing point symbolizes moving toward our end goal. Its infinite and all-encompassing circular form represents the global community working together without boundaries. It’s a safe place where all converge to lend support to those affected by the violence. It’s a light at the end of the tunnel, providing a view into a future free of domestic violence and sexual assault. It’s a definitive end, like punctuation closing a statement or a thought.

How can I help?

You can help by joining us, standing with survivors and by helping to spread the word about Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE. Learn more about the actions you can take to make a difference.

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1 in 7 women in Hawaiʻi have been raped in their lifetimes. That's 67,000 women.

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