NO MORE Week is March 8-14, 2020, and we want you to get involved.
NO MORE is a movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in 2013, NO MORE has grown to become largest coalition of nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, media, schools and individuals working to address and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
Any individual, organization, or corporation that wants to help end domestic violence and sexual assault can use the NO MORE symbol to show their commitment to this cause—and that is what NO MORE Week is all about—encouraging as many people as possible to stand up and say NO MORE.
The theme for 2020 NO MORE Week is #ChangeHappensHere, because everyone can play a role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Now in its seventh year, NO MORE Week coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8th) and is aimed at inspiring everyone to make change to help create a culture of safety, equality, and respect in our communities.
Whether it’s galvanizing your community or workplace, or simply pledging to start conversations about these issues with your friends and family, every action makes a difference. Change happens everywhere. #ChangeHappensHere!
We encourage everyone to make change by hosting a NO MORE Week event. For example, some people may choose to gather a handful of friends to talk about the issues. Others might prefer producing a larger event where college students and faculty come together on campus for an issue-driven discussion. Whatever you prefer, the format, location and scale are up to you. The goals of NO MORE Week Activities, however, are the same:
- Start conversations and educate people about domestic violence and sexual assault to help eliminate the stigma, shame and blame that surround them.
- Encourage action year-round. Use events to help participants learn how using the NO MORE symbol can help raise awareness and support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault in their communities.
- Help drive additional resources and support to local domestic violence and sexual assault organizations across the country.
What kinds of activities do you suggest?
The scale and content are really up to you and how much time and resources you have. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to upload photos and information about your event so you can inspire others! Be sure to use #NOMOREWeek & #ChangeHappensHere when you post so that we can follow and share.
Whether you are planning a large event or a more intimate gathering, below are some ways to engage attendees in a discussion.
- Have NO MORE Week “I Say NO MORE” signs on hand that attendees can personalize. Be sure to capture photos of people holding their personalized signs, and share them on social media with the hashtags #NOMOREWeek and #ChangeHappensHere.
- Consider inviting one or more speakers from local organizations to discuss the many nuances of domestic violence or sexual assault, how these issues have impacted their family or community, and why talking about these topics is so important.
- Facilitate role-playing of various conversation scenarios.
- Break into small groups/facilitate a large group discussion on how to apply the tools in the NO MORE Toolkit— conversation starters, warning signs, etc.—on the family, school or community level.
- Display the statistics and conversation starters and other resources in this guide around the room. Attendees can check out the displays and collect printed versions of the resources as they go.
- Contact a local domestic violence/sexual assault organization and see what kinds of things they need— toiletries, food, school supplies—and then ask people to bring those items to the event.
- Serve NO MORE blue donuts, cookies, popcorn, sandwiches – whatever you can think of to integrate the symbol and the color into elements of your activity to make it memorable and fun.
Sample Tweets and Facebook Posts during NO MORE Week
- We’re celebrating #NOMOREWeek 2020 with [insert event name or link]. Will you join us in saying #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault? #ChangeHappensHere
- March 8-14 is #NOMOREWeek. How will you say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault?
- No matter where we are, #ChangeHappensHere. We can all play a part in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. #NOMOREWeek
- NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek [Attach NO MORE Sign Picture]
- Join [insert your organization name] for [insert activity] at [insert location or website] #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
- [Insert Organization Name] is saying #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault during #NOMOREWeek. Will you join us? #ChangeHappensHere
- We’re celebrating #NOMOREWeek March 8-14. Will you join us [insert followers/friends]? #ChangeHappensHere
- Know the facts: 24 people every minute are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
- Know the facts: Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
- Know the facts: Nearly half of all men and women have experienced verbal abuse from a partner. #NOMOREVerbalAbuse #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
- The most common form of domestic violence isn’t physical. #NOMOREVerbalAbuse nomoreverbalabuse.org #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere