“PA Says No More” Campaign Launched to End Domestic Violence and Sexual
September 6, 2013- Howard Ondick
HARRISBURG, PA- Our speaker is Senator LeAnna Washington of
Philadelphia, a victim of domestic violence herself, and the ranking Democrat
on the Senate Aging & Youth Committee.
Senator Washington helped launch the “PA Says No More” campaign to end
sexual assault and domestic violence, a video series produced in partnership
with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the Pennsylvania
Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PACDV).
The video series features survivors of violence and abuse, as well as
community advocates, sharing their stories and offering hope to victims and
survivors. The focus of the campaign centers on the message that sexual assault
and domestic violence are never appropriate and that Pennsylvania must do all
it can to break the cycle of abuse.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday to launch the videos at WITF
TV’s Public Media Center in Harrisburg, Senator Washington looked back on her
own personal experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse.
She said that her journey led her down the path of public service so
that she could help others escape violent situations and go on to be successful
“Each year tens of thousands of
individuals escape violent situations. These men and women need positive
messages and abundant resources like these to help them get their lives back on
Senator Washington praised the “PA Says No More” campaign, expressing
her hope that more organizations will become involved in widespread issue
advocacy to offer hope and inspiration for those who have undergone violence at
the hands of a partner, acquaintance, or stranger.
“I am absolutely honored to lend
my voice to this campaign and offer hope to those who have gone through many of
the same things that I have,” Senator Washington said.
“And while I wish that this
campaign and these organizations were around 40 years ago when I was trying to
escape my situation, I am glad to see that they are available to work to break
the cycle of violence in Pennsylvania.”
October is being recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in