Reports show that 12.7 million people are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners in one year and today California policy makers came one step closer to getting that number down dramatically.
Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci joined Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Assm. Susan Eggman, Assm. Cristina Garcia, Celebrity Actress and NO MORE Ambassador AnnaLynne McCord, Jill Morris with NO More, Executive Director for CALCASA and Executive Director, Kathy Moore for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence unveiled a new license plate that takes a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault.
“The national NO MORE campaign is honored and thankful to Assm. Gomez and all the agencies that helped make the California NO MORE license plate possible,” said Jill Morris with national NO MORE campaign. “This project will raise awareness about the issues as well as resources for the agencies that protect and assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We think it is a model program and hope other states create similar initiatives.”
To put those millions of victims into another perspective, that’s approximately the population of New York City and Los Angeles combined or 24 assaults every minute. In response, Assm. Gomez authored and successfully passed Assembly Bill 2321 to create the license plate to raise awareness and funding for domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout California.
“Domestic violence and sexual assault affects more than just its victims, it impacts everyone,” said Assm. Gomez. “In California we don’t wait, we act. We wanted to allow people to play an active role in this cause by doing something small, but significant, to say ‘No More!’ to domestic violence and sexual assault. By purchasing the California Says NO MORE license plate, residents will help send real dollars to real programs that make a difference to the fight to end domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Cal OES administers funding and coordinates a number of victim services programs. Specialized staff provides support services like intervention, advocacy and shelter to survivors and children of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“We are honored to play a role and to sponsor this NO MORE license plate and look forward to working with Assm. Gomez and other partners,” said
Cal OES Director Ghilarducci. “California will be the first state in the nation to provide this specialized plate and whose cars will carry the important message that Californians say ‘No More to domestic violence and sexual assault.’”
To be among the first in the nation to have this specialized license plate visit www.NoMorePlate.org.