It’s time to say #NoMore
As you may have heard, or seen on Twitter, Facebook and even on the USA Channel’s #NoMore Law & Order: Special Victims Unit marathon airing today, this is #NoMoreWeek, a week centered on bringing awareness to the #NoMore movement – to stop bullying, assault, domestic violence and sexual violence (among others).
NoMore.org has been highly successful in bringing conversation around these topics to the forefront, partnering with the NFL last fall during their PR nightmare surrounding some players and spousal abuse. Celebrities and athletes are involved – both male and female – in order to bring a face to the cause. And they are doing incredible work. If the rates of bullying, assault, domestic violence and sexual violence decrease – it’s a win, for everyone. But I think we all know that humans are fallible and we will never be able to eradicate violent crime, as much as we would all love to.
But there is something we can all do – be aware. Be aware of your surroundings, be aware of the other people around you, always be on alert – not just to protect yourself, but in case you witness something. It’s not easy being an eyewitness, but it can make a difference.
ARMABAND stands behind the #NoMore movement – wholeheartedly. No More bullying. No More ignorance. No More hate. No More bystanding. No More silence. No More “not in this family.” No More “boys will be boys.” No More “she didn’t say no, so she must have meant yes.” No More “she deserved it.” NO ONE deserves it. Ever. It is our plea, to our ARMABandits, please take up this cause.
Be vocal. Be involved. Instead of being just a bystander, be a courageous one – step up, say something, it might save someone’s life. Be that person. Be the one who speaks for the ones who cannot speak for themselves. Teach your kids to be a courageous bystander, and that bullying is never right. Teach your teens that if someone doesn’t say “Yes” or CAN’T say “Yes” (impaired by alcohol or drugs) – then they do not give consent to sex, and any sexual contact is a CRIME.
And if you are someone who has been or is currently being affected by bullying, assault, domestic violence or sexual violence. REACH OUT and GET HELP. If you don’t know where to go, don’t know where to get help, here are few organizations who can guide you to the appropriate local agency:
National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
RAINN (Rape Assault and Incest National Network): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline & Stop Bullying Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
and for emergencies – always dial 911.
Don’t be afraid they won’t believe you. Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Be your own best advocate.
Someday, the rate of violent crime might drop so much that ARMABAND becomes obsolete, but until that happens, ARMABAND is here to provide you with a simple, effective, and affordable way to protect yourself, to level the playing field and capture the assailant’s DNA while creating a time gap to allow yourself to escape. By wearing an ARMABAND you are saying NO MORE to being a target and NO MORE to being a victim.
Join ARMABAND in saying #NoMore this week, and spread the word.