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PRESS RELEASE: ADVOCATES LAUNCH “HAWAI‘I SAYS NO MORE” STATEWIDE INITIATIVE TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Pedro Haro 808-531-3520

HONOLULU – Over a dozen of Hawaii’s leading government and non-profit organizations announced a new statewide initiative, Hawai‘i Says NO MORE, a unprecedented effort to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault.

Child & Family Service, the Department of the Attorney General, the Department of Human Services, Parents And Children Together, Catholic Charities and the Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter are only some of the groups across the state that are leading Hawai‘i Says NO MORE. “It’s really unprecedented and encouraging to see a number of like-minded organizations, representing the public and non-profit sectors, come together for a single cause” said Maureen Kiehm, Program Specialist from the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are two of the most widespread problems in our communities. The numbers are similar to other parts of the nation and staggering. In our state, 50,000 women are victims of domestic violence each year. On average, every day over 500 victims seek support from domestic violence shelters. 1 in 7 women in Hawai‘i are survivors of sexual assault, that’s 67,000 women. “And yet these crimes are severely under-funded, under-researched, misunderstood and are on the margin of public priorities and concerns. More distressing, those impacted – your family, your neighbors, the guy you play basketball with, your child’s best friend – remain burdened by debilitating shame and stigma.”said Kathy Freire, Co-Director of the Family Violence Shelter, YWCA of Kauaʻi.

“Our greatest hope is that Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE will break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that prevent people from talking about the issue and taking action to prevent it.” Said Marci Lopes, Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member of the collaborative.

The launch of the new initiative comes during “Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week”, which runs March 8-15 and includes efforts and events across the state. A new website, http://hawaiisaysnomore.org has been created to promote the campaign, educate the public and engage the community. In honor of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Week, Honolulu Hale and the IBM building, part of Ward Village, will light their respective buildings the NO MORE blue color all week. Statewide, supporters are encouraged to download the Hawaii Says NO MORE Challenge sign from the website, write why they are saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault and upload a “selfie” with their sign to their social media with the hashtag #HawaiiSaysNOMORE. A selfie station has been set up at Red Pineapple at Ward Center for the entire week.

The local initiative is part of a national effort, NO MORE, launched in 2013. Peace has the peace sign; the red ribbon demands action for AIDS; the pink ribbon has changed how we think about breast cancer. Now, for the first time, hundreds of organizations across the country and our state, including the US Department of Justice, companies, celebrities and influencers, universities and communities have come together under one symbol, one sign, one beacon: NO MORE.

Since its debut, this new unifying NO MORE symbol has been seen everywhere from Air Force 2 to the NBA, the NFL, Nascar tracks and on the red carpet of the Golden Globes. The NO MORE PSA Campaign was spearheaded by the Joyful Heart Foundation, a local organization founded in Hawai‘i 10 years ago, and directed by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay. It features more than 70 celebrities and public figures asking bystanders to get involved.

“Through a series of statewide focus groups, local communities clearly stated that they wanted NO MORE to come to Hawaiʻi by reflecting the specific social and cultural milieu of our island home — everyone wanted a local version of the national PSAs and – thanks to Hawaii New Now – that’s what we’ll be able to do.” said Kata Issari, Vice President, Hawaiʻi Region, of the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Hawai‘i Says NO MORE PSAs will be produced, pro bono, by Hawaii News Now, and directed by Hargitay.  “We are very proud to bring NO MORE to the islands. We want to make sure our unique local voices are represented with integrity and the importance the issue deserves” said Rick Blangiardi, General Manager for Hawaii News Now.

For more information on Hawai‘i Says NO MORE and a full listing of activities planned for the week, visit http://hawaiisaysnomore.org

Hawaii Says NO MORE Week Schedule of Events – March 8-15, 2015

Sunday, March 8
Law & Order: SVU NO MORE Excuses Marathon (Statewide)
Tune in to the all-day marathon of SVU on USA Network. Watch out for special messages from the cast and the NO MORE PSA campagin, and join the conversation throughout the day. #NOMOREexcuses

Hawai‘i Says NO MORE at Women Helping Women’s 18th Annual Event (Maui)
King Kamehameha Golf Club, 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Sponsored by: Women Helping Women

Monday, March 9
Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Launch Party (Oahu)
Red Pineapple, Ward Center, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Sponsored by: Joyful Heart Foundation & Red Pineapple

Wednesday, March 11
Hawai‘i Says NO MORE Booth at Fresh Wednesdays Farmer’s Market (Oahu)
Kaiser Permanente, 3288 Moanalua Rd., 10:30am – 12:30pm
Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente

Talking Story About Campus Sexual Violence: A Call to Action (Oahu)
Japanese Cultural Center, Manoa Grand Ballroom, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Sponsored by: UH Manoa Office of Gender Equity, Joyful Heart Foundation, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women

Friday, March 13
UH Hilo Celebrates the Launch of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE (Hawai‘i Island)
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Campus Center Plaza, 10:00AM-12:30PM
Sponsored by UH Hilo Student Health & Wellness Program

All Week
#HawaiiSaysNOMORE Selfie Challenge (Statewide)
Help us spread the NO MORE message throughout Hawai‘i by participating. You can get the instructions and sign to post with your picture here.

The IBM Building Turns Blue in Honor of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE (Oahu)
1240 Ala Moana Blvd.
Sponsored by: Ward Village
All evenings

Honolulu Hale Turns Blue in Honor of Hawai‘i Says NO MORE (Oahu)
530 South King St.
All evenings

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ABOUT Hawai‘i Says NO MORE
NO MORE is a national public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. In Hawai’i, leaders from the state’s domestic violence and sexual assault organizations, as well as key government offices and community leaders, came together in January 2014 to develop a local initiative. Hawaiʻi Says NO MORE seeks to raise visibility, create awareness, encourage conversation and break the social stigma surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault in our state.

For more information, visit http://hawaiisaysnomore.org

Facebook: @HawaiiSaysNOMORE

Instagram: @HawaiiSaysNOMORE

Twitter: HISaysNOMORE

 

Hashtags Used on Social Media

#HawaiiSaysNOMORE

#NOMOREWeek

#NOMORE

#NOMOREexcuses

#NOMOREsilence

#NOMOREviolence

 

The following is a full list of organizations guide Hawai‘i Says NO MORE:

Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi

Child & Family Service

Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women

Hawaiʻi Youth Services Network

Joyful Heart Foundation

Parents And Children Together

State of Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General

State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Student Health and Wellness Program

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Gender Equity

Windward Spouse Abuse Shelter

Women Helping Women of Maui and Lanai

YWCA of Oʻahu

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