The University of Rochester Students’ Association Government is taking a stance against sexual assault by joining the “It’s On Us” campaign. The project stresses the collective responsibility of the community at large to stop sexual assault and to foster a safe and healthy culture at the University. The project urges students to work to change the current culture that allows for sexual violence.
Started as a campaign of Generation Progress and the White House, the initiative has found widespread support from college campuses across the nation, as well as collegiate organizations like The NCAA. The “It’s On Us” campaign encourages students to take “the pledge,” which works to define sexual assault, highlight the importance of consent, and call for active intervention.
A new video released by the Students’ Association and University Communications features student leaders and administrative faculty encouraging a more active stance against sexual misconduct on campus. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, members of the SA Government will be tabling in Wilson Commons in order to promote the project’s launch and to raise awareness about sexual violence in all of its forms.
“It’s on us to foster a caring community of encouragement, compassion, and respect.” That was the collaborative message relayed by students and staff alike in the video.
Efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault are not new to the River Campus. UR Segway, a student organization, promotes a two-fold mission of providing education about sexual violence as well as support for survivors on campus. The group sponsors the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, a march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. MOVE (Men Opposing Violence Everywhere) is dedicated to creating programming for men to talk about and stand against sexual assault. MOVE regularly partners with College Feminists to schedule open discussions on topics regarding gender-based violence.
“Be the difference; take a stand,” urges senator Delvin Moody ’18. The Students’ Association hopes that this campaign will galvanize the campus community to lend its support to survivors and actively work to stand against sexual violence.
For more information on the national “It’s on Us” campaign, visit: http://itsonus.org/.