NO MORE’s 7th Annual Challenge: Change Happens Here
Posted on: March 9, 2020 Time to read: 2 minutes
NO MORE’s seventh annual NO MORE Week is March 8-14, 2020. The goal of NO MORE is to bring awareness about sexual violence and to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
This year’s campaign is called #ChangeHappensHere. What can you do to participate?
#1 Get a discussion started
Open a candid conversation with your friends about domestic violence and sexual assault. What are their thoughts about it? Is it an issue? Is it something that they or someone they know has experienced?
1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 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 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence in their lives.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
There is a good chance that someone in your group will have experienced violence personally or know someone who has. This could be a chance to bring healing to someone who has never talked about it or bring more awareness to a difficult topic.
#2 Learn how to offer support
NO MORE has some great resources and ideas on their website. They also have some tips for what you can say to someone who has experienced sexual violence. We’d also like to give you this free download called “Tips for Talking to Survivors of Sexual Assault” - just fill out the form below.
#3 Stand with survivors
Speak up about your position on domestic violence and sexual assault by sharing on social media.
We’ll be speaking up all this week, too, by posting pics of our team with the NO MORE sign (download yours here). We’d love to see your pics, too. When you share, use the hashtags #ChangeHappensHere #NOMORE and #3rdMil so that we can follow!
Do you need help?
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence you can call to speak to a counselor or be referred to local services:
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673. For Male Survivors of childhood sexual abuse, visit 1in6’s Online SupportLine: 1in6.org/men/get-help
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233. To find local resources and information about domestic violence, search the online database at domesticshelters.org.