2016-03-08-HI News Now Local Connection-2

Hawaii News Now: Local Connection – No More

Originally aired on Hawaii News Now, March 8th 2016 

Rick: Aloha. With me is Mariska Hargitay, founder and president of the Joyful Heart Foundation. Every day in Hawaii, over 500 victims seek support from domestic violence programs. 1 in 7 women in our state are survivors of sexual assault — that’s 67,000 women. Sobering statistics, but a collaboration of individuals and organizations are taking action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Hawaii News Now has pledged our support and commitment to this unprecedented effort called “Hawaii Says NO MORE.”

Mariska: Aloha, Rick. Hawaii Says NO MORE is more than an initiative. It is more than a campaign. It is a CALL TO ACTION.

It is a movement to stand up and speak out for every woman, every man and every child who is suffering from this type of violence in Hawaii and to say – TOGETHER, We can END IT. Not just put a dent in the statistics, but end this violence forever.

Rick: Dozens of leading non-profit and government organizations across our state have come together under one symbol, one sign, one beacon: NO MORE.

Mariska: Hawaii Says NO MORE seeks to remove the shame and stigma survivors experience, to make these issues easier for all people of all ages to talk about. And to empower all of us in the community to get involved in preventing these crimes.

Rick: We can all join the effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Hawaii. We can educate ourselves and each other about these issues, examine our own attitudes, and listen to survivors — without blaming or judgement, but with compassion and an open heart.

So join me, join Rick and Hawaii News Now as an Ally of Hawaii Says NO MORE. Visit HawaiiSaysNOMORE.org to learn about how you too can become an Ally. Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault – together.

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