5 Ways To Support Sexual Assault Awareness With Obama’s “It’s On Us” Campaign

It’s no surprise that sex is often a common among students on college campuses. But, did you know that sexual assaults are almost just as common?  Estimated 1 in 5 college women will be sexually assaulted during her college years, but only about 12% report the incident.

This fall, President Obama launched a new campaign called, “It’s On Us” to put an end to sexual assaults on college campuses. In response to this, several universities across the country have been revamping their sexual assault response programs to provide better training opportunities and better teams to be available to students who may be victims of sexual assault.

It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable”, Obama stated as he addressed the White House in September.

The Obama Administration plans on following specific steps for this initiative such as:

  • Sending guidance to every school district, college, and university that receives federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault
  • Creating the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to work with colleges and universities on developing best practices on how to respond and prevent sexual assault
  • Reviewing existing laws to make sure they adequately protect victims of sexual assault

WiLabers, whether we are at a college frat party or happy hour after work, we can all follow a few simple steps to prevent a friend from being in a dangerous situation.

Here are 5 tips to become part of the solution today:
1) Don’t just be a bystander — if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
2) Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
3) If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
4) Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
5) Lastly, never blame the victim. Talk openly and honestly about sexual assaults with your friends. Keep an eye out for each other.

Please go to www.itsonus.org to learn more about this initiative and what you can do to help.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR: CHRISTINE BERARDINO

Christine Berardino

A I’m an advocate in law enforcement and am passionate about women’s rights advocacy. I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, with a dual major of Psychology and Justice Studies.

Boston, MA | @cberardino

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