Tue Mar 10 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Halvonik, PCADV, 717-545-6400, ext. 120
Kristen Houser, PCAR, 717-728-9740, ext. 144
PCADV and PCAR to Host Twitter Town Hall
To Celebrate NO MORE Week, March 8-14
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 8, 2015 – Join the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape the week of March 8-14 to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault. PCADV and PCAR will host a Twitter town hall from 2-3 p.m. March 10 to mark the national NO MORE week, March 8-14. Participating in the hour-long conversation will be experts who can answer participants’ questions about domestic violence and sexual assault.
Noting that 85,000 Pennsylvanians seek domestic violence services each year, PCADV Executive Director Peg J. Dierkers said, “Domestic violence is not a woman’s problem, or a men’s problem – it is everybody’s problem. It is an epidemic in our communities. And the only way we can eliminate domestic violence for the next generation is for all of us to stand together and say NO MORE.”
Launched in March 2013, NO MORE is a symbol promoted nationally to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence, and to connect people to resources for prevention and victim services. The National Football League featured NO MORE messages during pro football games last season, including the Super Bowl.
PCADV and PCAR kicked off their joint partnership, PA Says No More, in September 2013. The collaboration includes a website, www.pasaysnomore.com, which features testimonials from survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, information about prevention and links to services, as well as social media platforms on both Facebook and Twitter.
Delilah Rumburg, chief executive officer of PCAR, said, “We launched PASaysNoMore.com for people in Pennsylvania to find information and services they need to get help or learn about simple things we can each do to say No More to sexual or domestic violence.” She also noted that the 50 rape crisis centers in PA serve approximately 30,000 women, children and men impacted by sexual violence each year. “The recent national publicity of the No More symbol has helped to build a bridge between the general public and victim service agencies. It’s wonderful to have this visibility.”
To get more information about NO MORE week, visit: http://nomore.org/nomoreweek2015/.
About the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Founded in 1976, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the oldest statewide domestic violence coalition in the nation. Each year it provides assistance to nearly 100,000 victims of domestic violence, through a network of 60 community-based programs serving all 67 counties in the commonwealth. Follow PCADV on Twitter @pcadvorg and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvania-Coalition-Against-Domestic-Violence/479697025386367.
About the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
Founded in 1975, PCAR works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Each year Pennsylvania rape crisis centers provide confidential services, at no charge, to approximately 30,000 men, women and children affected by sexual assault. Follow PCAR on Twitter @PCARORG and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PCARORG