Please welcome guest blogger Kathryn! Kathryn has been a Live Green! intern since the summer of 2015, and she wrote a wonderful piece on the College Creek Cleanup. She’s currently working with the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System), which is a framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. Today she’s back to write about the It’s On Us campaign, which promotes sexual assault awareness and social sustainability.
With April being Sexual Assault Awareness month, its not only important to raise awareness about sexual assault but also understand the meaning, the signs, and how to help prevention efforts.
The Its On Us Campaign is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses and equip individuals with the knowledge and skills to step up and take preventative action. Iowa State joined the campaign in 2014 and it continues to build a strong, cohesive, and informative program at Iowa State.
I am currently the director of the Its On Us campaign here at Iowa State. I first got involved with sexual assault prevention through a Greek organization on campus as well as attending several state conferences that addressed the subject. I instantly became passionate about supporting survivors and doing everything in my power to help prevent future situations from happening on my campus.
Did You Know:
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- Most victims and survivors are assaulted by someone they know.
- 42% of collegiate women who are sexually assaulted do not tell anyone about the incident.
Sexual assault is a serious issue on college campuses, and the It’s On Us Campaign is one small step to help change those statistics.
Iowa State is among 200 other universities that have pledged to join the It’s On Us campaign and end sexual assault on our campus. It is a campaign for students and by students – empowering everyone to stand up for one another and watch each other’s backs. It is a campaign for all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation to unite and stand up against sexual assault.
Change can come from simply one person stepping up or interfering. It can come from a group of people proclaiming that they will not tolerate this type of behavior on their campus. That one voice or one group can start a revolution that can change the lives of thousands of people across college campuses.
We can make students across the nation feel more comfortable and safe on their campuses. We can teach people to intervene if they see a bad situation and diffuse a negative situation. We can help guide people who have been suffering to the resources they need to begin healing.
The Its On Us campaign strives to empower people to stand up for their peers and change harmful attitudes of society when it comes to sexual assault.
The It’s On Us Pledge states:
- I pledge to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- I pledge to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- I pledge to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- I pledge to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
If you would like to get involved with the Its On Us campaign at Iowa State, feel free to contact Kathryn Leidahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Kathryn Liedhal
Edited by: Laurelin Haas
Featured Image: attheu.utah.edu