FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Greek Life, Associated Student Government, Razorback Athletics, and University Housing are once again bringing the nationally recognized It’s On Us campaign to the University of Arkansas.
The It’s On Us campaign aims to reach a broad base of the population through its pledge and awareness efforts.
It’s On Us week will cover topics such a consent, bystander awareness and survivor support through tabling in the Arkansas Union and various events throughout the week. Students will be able to sign the official It’s On Us pledge, which will then put their name on the pledge list on itsonus.org.
Parice Bowser, director of Greek Life for the Division of Student Affairs, said by participating in awareness events, students begin to understand the extent of sexual violence in their communities and can start making cultural changes to stop sexual assault.
“It’s not just Greek Life members who are affected by this issue,” Bowser said. “When one person is affected, our whole community is affected until we stop this for good.”
“It’s On Us” is a rallying cry, inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us,” said John Gairhan, director of student safety for Associated Student Government. “It seeks to reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it.”
“The University of Arkansas is home to a diverse group of individuals, ideas and beliefs, but we all speak collectively, with one voice, in declaring sexual assault is not and will never be acceptable at the University of Arkansas,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “As a campus community, we must work together to raise awareness and take meaningful steps to prevent this on our campus. By taking the It’s On Us pledge, we are not only taking a stand against sexual assault, we are standing up for everyone in the Razorback Family”.
Several events are planned for Oct. 8 through Oct. 13 across campus. The kickoff event for It’s On Us Week 2017 will be held Oct. 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. on the South Terrace of the Arkansas Union. Other events are planned and during the week there will be an It’s On Us information table on the Arkansas Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.