Join Us for the It’s On Us Spring Week of Action!
By Lisa Napper, It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee Member, Howard University: Lisa Napper is a rising senior, psychology and political science double major at Howard University, from Denver, Colorado. Lisa hosted a Take Back the Night event at Howard where she facilitated conversation surrounding a documentary she co-produced on the experiences of African American women and sexual assault. She hosted a Take Back the Night week the following year with a survivor’s yoga session, an open-mic night, and a panel.
This week is a big week for It’s On Us — students just like you and me are hosting over 600 events on college campuses across the country as a part of the It’s On Us Week of Action. Students are hosting pledge drives, bystander intervention trainings, and even a country music concert!
Over the past two and a half years, students have answered the It’s On Us call to action to be a part of the solution to end sexual violence in a huge way. They’ve hosted 2,600 events on over 500 campuses in all 50 states.
I’m proud to share that during this April’s Week of Action, students are hosting a total of 609 events on 153 campuses in 42 states across the country! Check out some of the awesome events below:
- SUNY Cortland: SUNY Cortland Athletes are coordinating the Week of Action and all teams are participating in and taking the pledge and t-shirt giveaways.
- Syracuse University: Students are hosting a bystander intervention workshop focused on educating and empowering people.
- West Virginia University: Hosting a Sexual Assault and People With Disabilities Workshop on how to be an ally and support survivors of violence who have disabilities by addressing accessibility challenges and advocating for a fairer, safer society.
- University of Texas Austin: Students are hosting a Take Back the Night event to illuminate the movement to end sexual violence and support survivors. This interactive event provides a safer space for people who have experienced sexual violence and allies to express themselves and connect with supportive community.
Join us this month by hosting an event on your campus or in your community. Sign up at: bit.ly/itsonusevents
It’s On Us is a cultural 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. For more information visit: ItsOnUs.org