Local task force launches anti-domestic violence "No More" campaign
Toledo, Ohio (WNWO)-- No more-- the central message of a PSA launched today and the name of a new anti domestic violence campaign in Lucas County.
What was she wearing who was she with, you know no big deal, boys will be boys,
said Lisa McDuffie, YWCA president and chair of the no more campaign laying out examples of statements that provide tolerance for rape culture.
"The no more campaign really is there to re-educate individuals and help them understand that never under any circumstance are those acceptable excuses."
The Lucas County Domestic Violence task force launched the campaign in Toledo as part of the nationwide effort to end domestic violence and sexual assault through prevention and education.
They'll speak in classrooms to youngsters and college students, but will also use No More signs with the Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault hotlines on them.
"[They'll be placed] at doctors offices in restaurants behind the doors of bathroom stalls letting people know where these resources are," said McDuffie.
Domestic violence survivor Brenda Pedelose says it's resources like these that she was able to get away from her abuser.
"There are so many women that are afraid to stand up, don't know where to reach don't know how to get out," said Pedelose.
" As a victim we need to know where to go we need to stop it ."
Statistics show one in four women will be affected in some way by domestic violence even those that might seem the safest. It's even touched the Toledo Police Department(TPD).
"We had one of our dispatchers last year that was killed by her husband. That was one of 11, which is an incredibly large number in a community our size, " said TPD Chief George Kral.
Organizers don't think the campaign will eradicate abuse immediately, but the hope is that by starting conversations they can bring a dark subject into the light.
"The mere fact that we had one that this year already is too many, so the hope for this campaign is that there will be no more deaths in this community," said McDuffie.
Many spoke at the campaign unveiling including a representative for Toledo Mayor, Lucas County Commisioners, YWCA reps and various community leaders.
To learn more about the No More campaign you can visit their website.
There will also be several other events happening all month long related to domestic violence awareness. You can check out the Task Force on Facebook for more information.