The “First Twins of NASCAR,” Amber and Angela Cope, are bravely speaking out at the NASCAR Nationwide series race this weekend about an issue that has never been tackled by the sport before: domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Cope sisters have partnered with a powerful new symbol that is bringing everyone who is working to combat these problems together for the first time in history – from non-profits like award-winning actress Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, Break the Cycle, Love Is Respect and Men Can Stop Rape, to local shelters and crisis hotlines, to everyday men and women who just want to make a difference.
View slideshow: Cope Twins to proclaim NO MORE at NASCAR
Called NO MORE, this new symbol is unlike anything that’s ever been done for domestic violence and sexual assault. Like the pink breast cancer ribbon and the red AIDS ribbon, NO MORE aims to unleash nationwide attention and activate widespread support for these issues.
This weekend, NO MORE and Amber Cope will make history as she debuts her on track support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault, featuring the NO MORE symbol on car No. 24 in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Amber Cope and her twin sister Angela Cope joined forces with NO MORE on June 15, 2012. NO MORE is the first overarching, visual symbol to express support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault in our society. Every major domestic violence and sexual assault organization in the country is supporting the use of NO MORE as the symbol of this movement.
See the image gallery for a sneak preview of the #24 NO MORE car, and more of the fabulous twins.
Angela also said, “Join the NO MORE movement. Together, my sister and I, along with SR² Motorsports will race and help end domestic violence and sexual assault.”
“We are dedicated in raising awareness so everyone has the courage to stand up and say “NO MORE.”
And let’s all join Amber when she makes her 2012 debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series F.W. Webb 200 live at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Amber will pilot SR² Motorsports No.24 Chevy, with her Twin sister Angela Cope supporting her at every turn, trackside.
To learn more about Angela and Amber Cope, see the video accompanying this article.
Also visit www.amberangelacope.com or www.sr2motorsports.com.
And visit the NO MORE website for additional information on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (www.thehotline.org), or the National Sexual Assault at Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (www.rainn.org, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network.)
This article, written by Richard Webster appeared originally on www.examiner.com on July 11, 2012.