Last week marked the national effort to raise public awareness of sexual assault on college campuses nation-wide. With an estimated one in five women assaulted during her college years, and roughly 12% of all cases being reported--the campaign asks students to take the pledge to put an end to these statistics.
The pledge, includes four key principles. The first, to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault. The second, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur. The third, to intervene in situations where consent has no been given. And finally, to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors can be supported.
On the College of Charleston campus, we focused our outreach efforts on distinct campus groups. Although men are victims of sexual assault, the overwhelming majority of sexual assault takes place against women.
Throughout our campaign we focused on interviewing men on campus and asking one simple question: what would you do?
"For anybody whose once-normal, everyday life was suddenly shattered by an act of sexual violence, the trauma, the terror can shadow you long after one horrible attack. It lingers when you don’t know where to go or who to turn to. It’s there when you’re forced to sit in the same class or stay in the same dorm with the person who raped you; when people are more suspicious of what you were wearing or what you were drinking, as if it’s your fault, not the fault of the person who assaulted you. It’s a haunting presence when the very people entrusted with your welfare fail to protect you." President Obama
For more information on the "It's On Us" campaign, and to take the pledge for yourself, visit the group's website.