NO MORE Foundation Commitment to Racial Justice and Equality
Since its inception, NO MORE has been dedicated to racial justice and equality. The recent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have highlighted the importance of restating that commitment and actively opposing racism in all its forms. Today and every day, we affirm that Black Lives Matter.
As a foundation focused on the elimination of domestic and sexual violence, NO MORE recognizes that these issues intersect with all types of oppression, including racism. People of color in the United States experience sexual violence at disproportionately high rates—an estimated 32.3% of multiracial women, 27.5% of American Indian/Alaska Native women, 21.2% of Black women have been raped in their lifetime, compared to 20.5% of white women (1).
People of color also experience domestic violence at higher rates. In a national survey 48% of American Indians or Alaska Native women, 45% of Black women, and 34% of Hispanic women reported experiencing rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (2).
Many people of color who experience abuse also face additional barriers when reporting and seeking support services. Factors such as economic insecurity, language barriers, and immigration status present unique challenges to these survivors and can impede their ability to respond to and heal from trauma.
NO MORE’s approach to ending domestic violence and sexual assault is intersectional. As a broad coalition with more than 1,400 allied organizations, NO MORE works to engage a wide range of diverse voices working in diverse communities. We must continue to use our power and platform to highlight the voices of survivors of color and to acknowledge that this violence is connected to and fueled by all forms of oppression.
We commit to working to dismantle racial injustice by lifting up the experiences and expertise of people of color, building additional partnerships with organizations committed to racial equality, and sharing information and resources on practicing effective allyship. We stand in solidarity with all people who seek to eliminate oppression and racial prejudice, and we say and will continue to work toward “NO MORE” racism in all its forms.
(1) CDC MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization — National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011
(2) CDC The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report