The First Step Victim Services Department of Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties is hosting an awareness initiative at various locations in our community. This initiative is in conjunction with NO MORE Week, March 3-9, a national grassroots activation aimed at making domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round.

Community members are encouraged to drop in at any location to participate. There will be a photo station where you can make your own NO MORE statement. This event is free and open to the public.

Here are a few reasons why it is so important to make awareness a priority year-round: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence in their lives. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18. Please join us in saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information, contact Kristine Morseman, Victim Services and Housing Supervisor at 607-535-2050, ext. 205 or via email. For more information on the First Step Victim Services Program.

About NO MORE: Much like the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness, or the red ribbon for HIV/AIDS awareness and action, NO MORE’s founders set out to create a powerful, visual way to express support for ending domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA).

Launched in 2013, NO MORE brought together stakeholders from the public and private sector working to end domestic violence and sexual assault, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol in support of a world free of violence. For more information on NO MORE Week.

 For more statistics on domestic violence