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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

No More Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Scroll to the bottom to take the No More pledge

Know the Facts
To end domestic violence and sexual assault, we all need to be part of the solution. Educating yourself and others, helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up, and being an engaged bystander are all examples of things you can do to help.

Talking about these issues openly will help end the shame and stigma that domestic violence and sexual assault survivors are burdened with. The next time you’re in a room with 6 people, think about this:

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
  • 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
  • 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.

 

What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:

  • Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance);
  • Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls;
  • Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people;
  • Extreme jealousy;
  • Showing fear around a partner;
  • Isolation from family and friends;
  • Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute;
  • Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.

 

What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent – the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate, dominate and harm. It can take the form of:

  • Rape; Incest; Oral Sex;
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation
  • Harassment;
  • Exposing/flashing;
  • Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures;
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching, above and under clothing;
  • Force which may include but is not limited to:

o Use or display of a weapon;
o Physical battering;
o Immobilization of the victim.

Visit nomore.org for more information.

 

Take the No More Pledge
Let’s get started on our “NO MORE” pledge campaign! Download the NO MORE flyer to participate.

  • Print several copies of the NO MORE Flyer;

  • Get as many of your family and friends to do the following:

On the top line print your name and school;

On the next few lines, print why you are against domestic violence;

  • Take a picture of them holding the flyer;

  • Post the picture on your social media accounts and use the #nomore and #changehappenshere hashtags. Please mention @dallasisdathletics on Twitter and Facebook and @dallas_athletics on Instagram as well as your school's accounts.

The school with the most posts will win a prize!