About a dozen Tumwater High School students decided they had to make a statement against sexual assault.

“There are people that are very close to me that have been sexually assaulted,” freshman Andrew Murrow said.

“No one talks about it at all. It is something that needs to be talked about,” senior Kosal Gonzales said. “You can’t just let it hide in the shadows.”

High school counselor Todd Caffey inspired students to join the broader “No More” movement. The movement strives to bring awareness of domestic abuse and break down barriers of stigma, silence, and shame that keep people from seeking help and taking action before problems arise.

The first idea the group had was to make a video.

Caffey and a group of male students used national statistics but estimated the scale to the amount of students at Tumwater High.

“We basically just took 25 percent of our freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and attributed it to if national data was applied to Tumwater,” Caffey said.

“These are our friends, girlfriends, students, and classmates. I say no more,” a student said in the video.

Katrina Aman is an aspiring journalist who desires to be a person of positive influence. Particularly passionate about poverty alleviation and civil rights, she hopes her writing takes her where she can improve lives.