What is NO MORE?
NO MORE is a new, overarching symbol, like the pink breast cancer ribbon and the yellow support our troops ribbon, that is bringing together all people, organizations and communities that support ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our society.
The history of NO MORE
The NO MORE symbol has been in the making since 2009. It was developed because despite the significant progress that has been made in the visibility of domestic violence and sexual assault, these problems effecting millions remain hidden and on the margins of public concern. Hundreds of representatives from the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention field came together and agreed that a new, overarching symbol, uniting all people working to end these problems, could have a dramatic impact on the public’s awareness.
The signature blue vanishing point originated from the concept of a zero – as in zero incidences of domestic violence and sexual assault. It was inspired by Christine Mau, a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse who is now the Director of European Designs at Kimberly-Clark. The symbol was designed by Sterling Brands, and focus group tested with diverse audiences across the country who agreed that the symbol was memorable, needed and important.
Who is behind NO MORE?
Every major domestic violence and sexual assault organization in the U.S. – from men’s organizations like A Call To Men and Men Can Stop Rape, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, to groups that help teens like loveisrespect.org and Futures Without Violence, to the U.S. Dept. of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women – all of them are behind NO MORE. View the complete list of organizations here.
What do we do?
NO MORE is spotlighting an invisible problem in a whole new way. The first unifying symbol to express support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault, NO MORE can be used by anyone who wants to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Our vision is that NO MORE will be everywhere – on websites, t-shirts, billboards. Organizations and corporations, large and small, will embrace this symbol as their own. When an abuse case makes media headlines, you will instantly see NO MORE being tweeted, discussed on Facebook, worn as jewelry and on t-shirts; made into buttons and posted in classrooms, offices, billboards and grocery stores across the country. NO MORE will help end the stigma, shame and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE will help increase funding to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE will help to change behaviors that lead to this violence. Get the symbol today and start showing your support.
Why should I care?
The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:
- 1 in 4 women 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 6 women are survivors of sexual assault.
- 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
These are not numbers. They’re our mothers, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers and friends. They’re the person you confide in most at work, the guy you play basketball with, the people in your book club, your poker buddy, your teenager’s best friend – or your teen, herself. The silence and shame must end for good.
How can I help?
There are hundreds of ways you can spread the word about NO MORE.
Start letting your voice be heard. Say it and then share on social media Say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.
Upload your photo to our We Say NO MORE Photo Gallery and get your very own picture with the NO MORE symbol. You can use this photo, or download the symbol itself, and start sharing it today – Facebook it, Tweet it, Pin it, and email it. Use it to tell all your friends that you say NO MORE and invite them to do the same. Soon we’ll have products available that you can purchase – t-shirts, buttons and pins – with the symbol. Until then, you can find out more on how to make them on your own. Visit our Take Action page for all the ways you can start using and sharing NO MORE today.