What is It's On Us?
It’s On Us is a national campaign aimed at changing the culture surrounding campus sexual assault. It is a movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think and talk about sexual assault. It’s a rallying cry, inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. Launched in September 2014, “It’s On Us” works to educate, engage, and empower students and communities across the country to do something, big or small, to end sexual assault. The campaign has three core pillars—consent education, increasing bystander intervention, and creating an environment that supports survivors.
SGA’s Department of Health & Wellness has partnered with “It’s On Us,” to put on a week full of events aimed at educating Towson University students on the culture surrounding campus sexual assault during April 1st-4th.
- It encourages students to intervene if sexual violence is observed; “If You See Something, Say Something.”
- It raises awareness for sexual violence and healthy sexual relationships.
- Participants are encouraged to show their support for survivors of sexual assault by writing positive notes.
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It's On Us Week of Action!
Day 1: “Stand Up! Don’t Stand By”
Day one entails students signing a pledge to take action when witnessing sexual violence, receiving It’s On Us shirts, and taking pictures in them to solidify their pledge.
Day 2: “ What do you know?”
For day two, the knowledge of the student body will be tested by asking two questions: What is your definition of sexual assault? If you saw someone being sexually assaulted who would you contact? We will then move forward by explaining the different resources available within and outside of TU.
Day 3: “Distract, Direct, Delegate”
Day three will better help understand what bystander intervention means, what it looks like and how to help someone experiencing sexual assault. Students will gain bystander intervention tips, answer questions, and share their experiences.
Day 4: “If It’s Not Clear It’s Not Consent”
Day four, in collaboration with the TU counseling center and Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity, will provide information to students about what TU offers for survivors of sexual assault and notifies students on what is consent and what isn’t.