The group NO MORE had a booth in Gullen Mall at Wayne State on Oct. 4 to educate and raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. The group’s major goal is to bring civilians together and teach the community about sexual assault prevention.
The movement is not just about female empowerment. The group also focus on sexual violence against men and children. Rachel Kollin, a member of the social justice committee and volunteer of NO MORE, said people should be aware of the prevalence of sexual assault on campus.
“It’s important for people on campus to know that there are others on campus who care about sexual violence. We don’t accept it on this campus and we are really making our voices heard,” Kollin said. “Colleges can provide appropriate support services for those who do come forward and have more sanctions that are survivor-friendly.”
This event was also organized by the Wayne County Commission on the status of women. The commission focuses on outreach events like the NO MORE event; including a human trafficking awareness event and a “Take Back the Night” campaign in April.
Another volunteer for the campaign was Tiana Daniels, an employee for the local domestic violence and sexual assault organization in Wayne County. She is a full-time activist for sexual assault prevention, and said silence is the biggest issue when combating sexual or domestic violence.
“In the current community and society, no one ever talks about these issues,” she said.“It’s so prevalent yet there is a whole culture of secrecy around it.”
The event’s speakers gave facts and statistics to prove how big of an issue sexual and domestic violence is on campus. Students were given the opportunity to write on signs stating why they say no more to sexual assault.
One sign took a shot at Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, for his recent sexual assault allegations. Daniels said this Kavanaugh situation proves the necessity of events like this.
“Statistically speaking, 96 percent of survivors who come forward are telling the truth,” Daniels said. “So, there’s a good chance that whatever happened, happened.”
Nursing major Nagat Nagi said she stopped by to support women.
“When it comes to sexual assault, there is always more WSU can do to help,” she said.
Students on campus were stopping by the booth, attracted by the free items being given out. Stickers, candy and lip balm were handed out to raise awareness. The items have phrases on them like “Love is Respect” or “NO MORE.” As the volunteers were handing out the items, they were also spreading the message that domestic violence will not be tolerated at WSU.
The booth was running for a total of three hours and gained over 250 pledges against sexual assault by the time they closed. Their campaign slogan is unifying and relevant to every campus: “Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.”